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Frank Ochberg - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Frank Ochberg Frank Ochberg

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry | Michigan State University


An expert in PTSD, Stockholm Syndrome, effects of violence and trauma, spousal abuse, sexual abuse and military PTSD.



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What is Complex PTSD and How can it be Managed? Can PTSD cause sufferers to break from reality? What is a dissociative state? What is a psychopath?



Ochberg, a psychiatrist, is a renowned expert on post-traumatic stress disorder, Stockholm Syndrome, the effects of violence and trauma on women, spousal abuse and military PTSD.

He is a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Michigan State University.

Industry Expertise (5)

Health Care - Services Health and Wellness Education/Learning Writing and Editing Health Care - Providers

Areas of Expertise (5)

Military PTSD Spousal Abuse Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Effects of Violence Sexual Abuse

Accomplishments (5)

Shafer Award (professional)

National Organization for Victims Assistance

Golden Award (professional)

Academy of Traumatology

Law Enforcement Medal (professional)

Sons of the American Revolution

Senior Fulbright Scholar (professional)

South Africa

Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)

Int'l Soc Traumatic Stress Studies

Education (2)

Johns Hopkins University: M.D.

Harvard University: A.B.

Affiliations (1)

  • Brunner/Mazel Psychosocial Stress Series, Editorial Board

News (5)

Technology helps trauma survivors accelerate PTSD treatment, recovery

Tucson Sentinel  online


"EMDR works," said Dr. Frank Ochberg, a renowned psychiatrist who helped define the clinical diagnosis of PTSD. "It is one of several forms of exposure therapy in which a trauma survivor deliberately recalls a horrifying episode while a therapist provides a safe setting and, in most cases, a repetitive distracting stimulus." [...]

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Here are the best approaches to treating PTSD, experts and survivors say

The Sun  online


“They’re not just coming after you and me. They’re coming after our country and everything we hold dear, and we take that in very deeply,” said trauma expert Frank Ochberg. [...]

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Are Americans becoming "numb" to mass shootings?

CBS  online


"What happens to a culture when more than 50 dead and more than 500 injured is suddenly yesterday's news?" CBS News asked Frank Ochberg, a psychiatry professor at Michigan State University. [...]

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A shot that could cure PTSD

ABC 10  online


Dr. Frank Ochberg is a renowned PTSD Specialist. He was amazed at the results. [...]

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Treating trauma victims may cause its own trauma

CNN  print


But vicarious trauma goes beyond that, said Dr. Frank Ochberg, former associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health. "It's not that I am feeling sorry for them and empathize with them, it's that I'm becoming them," he said. This vicarious or secondary traumatic stress is relatively rare, but "we've all identified it," he said. [...]

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Journal Articles (3)

Early Psychosocial Intervention Following Traumatic Events The American Journal of Psychiatry

Frank Ochberg et al.


Bill, a 35-year-old journalist working for a local radio station, was sent to report from the scene of a bomb attack that resulted in several fatalities. What he witnessed at the scene distressed him greatly. Immediately afterward, he began repeatedly to reexperience what had happened, leading him to avoid either discussing or thinking about it. He continued to work, but he lost interest in things around him. He became withdrawn, irritable, and hypervigilant. These symptoms rapidly diminished over the first few weeks, but then 1 month after the attack they began to increase again for no apparent reason. What is the differential diagnosis? How should Bill’s symptoms be managed?

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Lethal Predators and Future Dangerousness Law Enforcement Bulletin

Frank Ochberg


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Posttraumatic Therapy International Handbook of Traumatic Stress Syndromes

Frank Ochberg


Most victims of violence never seek professional therapy to deal with the emotional impact of traumatic events. If they did, they would be sorely disappointed. There are not enough therapists in the world to treat the millions of men, women, and children who have been assaulted, abused, and violated as a result of war, tyranny, crime, disaster, and family violence. When people do seek help, suffering with posttraumatic symptoms, they may find therapists who are ill equipped to provide assistance. The credentialed clinicians in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, and the allied professions are only recently learning to catalog, evaluate, and refine a therapeutic armamentarium to serve traumatized clients. The ambitious collection of chapters in this volume is one such arsenal. The prodigious efforts of Charles Figley, co-founder of the Society for Traumatic Stress, and organizer of the Psychosocial Stress book series (Brunner/Mazel) and the Stress and Coping Series (Plenum Press), are important resources for professionals concerned with traumatic stress reactions. A cadre of clinicians have also shared insights and approaches, face-to-face, and through written works, defining principles and techniques that address the worldwide problem of posttraumatic readjustment. Recently, I assembled a sampling of those clinical insights (Ochberg, 1988) and attempted to define the commonalities in assumptions and approaches to therapy. The common ground is the foundation of posttraumatic therapy (PTT). The individual distinctions that separate clinicians who share this common ground are the inevitable differences of creative minds.

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