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By On June 8th, 2015

Lack of Sleep May Contribute To PTSD Development

A new study presented in a platform session at SLEEP 2015 suggests that treating sleep issues may contribute to a significant enhancement in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the study, human volunteers who learned a specific visual cue indicated they were about to receive an electric shock were notably more likely to…

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By On May 13th, 2015

Depression Combined With PTSD Is A Recipe For Anger Problems

Post-traumatic stress disorder has been associated with anger and behavior problems, but a new study published by the American Psychological Association shows depression may greatly exacerbate the tendency for veterans with PTSD to lash out in anger. “Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen…

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By On May 8th, 2015

Study Links PTSD With Accelerated Aging

Post-traumatic brain injury may be linked with a heightened risk for accelerated aging or premature senescence according to a new study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. In the first study of its kind, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System indicate that…

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By On April 15th, 2015

Women Have a Much Greater Risk of Developing PTSD

When you hear post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) mentioned in the mainstream media, it is almost always accompanied with images of male war veterans, but a recent study indicates women are far more likely to experience the condition in their lifetimes. According to the prospective study, women have a notably greater risk of developing PTSD than…

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By On March 16th, 2015

New Tool Can Predict Who is at High Risk for PTSD Following a Traumatic Event

Researchers have steadily been identifying individual risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and now a team has brought them all together into a new computational tool capable of identifying up to 800 different factors for PTSD in individuals. The tool could be very helpful in creating a personalized PTSD prediction guide which would make…

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By On March 12th, 2015

Researchers Identify Potential PTSD Biomarker

Post-traumatic stress disorder is frighteningly common in veterans returning home from combat, but the condition can be surprisingly difficult to accurately diagnose. The symptoms related to PTSD are often confused with symptoms from other common injuries like traumatic brain injury or other mental conditions. A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry may help…

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By On January 26th, 2015

What Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Do To The Brain?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is painful and horrifying, as individuals are left with emotional scars that feel like they may never heal. Anyone who has experienced trauma and lives with PTSD can tell you the struggles and difficulties. Most importantly, they can tell you all the ways it affects their life on a day-to-day basis without…

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By On December 11th, 2014

Understanding Bad Memories: What causes PTSD?

Dr. Joseph LeDoux and other research scientists at New York University’s Emotional Brain Institute and at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have been working to understand the neurological basis for the coding of traumatic memory in the brain. Using a theory known as Hebbian Plasticity, scientists focused on the role of the amygdala…

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By On November 25th, 2014

Telemedicine Can Help Treat Veterans With PTSD In Rural Areas

A significant number of veterans across the country experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but access to trained mental health professionals is far from equal. Those in rural areas often struggle to find the help they need. However, a new study suggests using remote phone and video chats to connect with a trained mental health team…

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By On October 3rd, 2014

Mini-Strokes Linked To Higher Risk of Developing PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is most associated with war and natural disasters, but a study published Oct. 2 online in the journal Stroke says mini-strokes may also be linked to a heightened risk for developing PTSD. In the relatively small study, nearly a third of participants who suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), frequently called a…

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