A pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass.

Discussion: The pandemic, women’s health and pregnancy

The coronavirus has affected women in various ways, including physically and socially. As part of The World’s regular series of conversations about the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Ana Langer, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about the pandemic-related challenges affecting women in particular.

Woman with red hair grabs her head with frustrated scrunched face.

A Danish word the world needs to combat stress: Pyt

Lifestyle & Belief
an aerial view of a tent camp for detained migrant children in the US

Family separation under ‘zero-tolerance’ policy could leave lasting trauma in children, pediatric doctor says

A desk full of food, keyboard, coffee and other stuff.

The health risks of a toxic workplace

Sebastian Junger, director of the Oscar-nominated war documentary "Restrepo."

Sebastian Junger on PTSD: ‘It’s coming home that’s actually the trauma’


Why One Iraq Veteran Supports Limited US Military Intervention in Syria

Conflict & Justice

This week we’ve been talking to veterans about their thoughts on Syria. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with one listener and veteran James Sperry, director of the organization The Fight Continues.

The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families

This week The Takeaway is exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve noted that more than 1 in 5 of the 2 million-plus combat veterans from those wars suffer from some symptoms of PTSD.  Last year […]

The Collective Experience of PTSD

All this week, we’ve been talking about the experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is experienced by our men and women in uniform returning home from war. As we heard all week from veterans and service members themselves, much of that experience is lonely and isolating. Most Americans, after all, don’t think much about […]

Some soldiers confront reality where PTSD is part of their identity

Global Politics

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have sent hundreds of thousands of soldiers home with post-traumatic stress disorder. The issue is serious, but for some it’s even more complicated. For soldiers like Matt Cook, the psychological toll of war once seemed like an essential right of passage. Today, it’s his reality.

Military uses war simulations to help prevent PTSD in soldiers

Health & Medicine

War simulations are being used by the military to mentally prepare and test soldiers for the stressful conditions they could face during war. Researchers hope to prevent future cases of PTSD among combat veterans through new initiatives they’re testing now.