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- Experts worry about PTSD following Japan's natural disasters
Following the traumatic natural disasters that occurred last week in Japan, residents of the island nation are still working to clean up and get their country back in order. more...
- Researchers identify symptoms that most affect PTSD sufferers
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a difficult condition to diagnose and treat because it presents several different symptoms, all of which affect individuals differently. However, a team of University of Southern California researchers recently identified some of the most harmful symptoms of the condition. more...
- Hormone may increase PTSD susceptibility
Higher levels of a certain hormone may indicate an increased risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a troubling event, says a group of researchers from Emory University. more...
- Researchers uncover brain chemicals responsible for turning off stress
A team of Israeli scientists has identified three specific molecules in the brain that are responsible for turning off the bodies responses to stressful situations. The findings could have major implications for the treatment of individuals who have suffered from a traumatic experience and are showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). more...
- Parents should seek psychiatric help for their children following trauma
When a child suffers from trauma, their parents may be confused about how best to help them. Rather than waiting for the situation to worsen, leading to complications which may include post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction, experts warn that parents should seek immediate help for their children. more...
- Proposed legislation could make therapy dogs available to veterans with PTSD
Soldiers who have experienced trauma and during battle and currently suffer from post traumatic stress disorder may soon have a new treatment option available to them. U.S. Senator Al Franken has proposed a bill that would make therapy dogs available to veterans with mental disorders. more...
- Researchers identify factors that lead to post traumatic stress disorder
Psychological problems like post traumatic stress disorder are relatively common after an individual experiences a traumatic event like a natural or manmade disaster. However, some people are more resilient than others. A group of psychologists recently identified some of the factors that make a person more susceptible to long-term effects of trauma. more...
- Brains of combat veterans undergo major changes
The brains of soldiers who are continuously exposed to trauma on the battlefield may undergo adaptations that make them more vigilant against possible threats, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The findings also showed that these changes may persist long after veterans have returned home. more...
- Waking up during surgery can have long-term consequences
Just thinking about surgery can be a traumatic exercise for some people. However, the actual experience also carries its own risk of trauma. According to a new study from German researchers, a certain percentage of patients wake up during the course of their procedure, which can have long-term psychological consequences including the development of post traumatic stress disorder. more...
- Military noncombatants face high PTSD risk
As military personnel continue to be exposed to trauma in foreign countries, many are returning to the U.S. with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. However, a new study has shown that it may not only be the troops on the front lines who are at risk for this potentially devastating condition. more...
- Hurricanes and other trauma may cause long-term effects in children
Hurricanes can be extremely traumatic events, particularly for children, and may sometimes result in long-term psychological effects, such as post traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study from University of Miami researchers. more...
- Report: More female soldiers are affected by trauma
As the war in Afghanistan continues, many soldiers are returning from service after having suffered severe trauma. While depression and post traumatic stress disorder can occur in anyone with these experiences, a new report from the Veteran's Affairs Administration has found that women may be most affected. more...
- Researchers find area of the brain that may play key role in development of PTSD and anxiety
A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles may have a potential drug target in the brain that could be used to prevent the development of post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders in individuals who have gone through a traumatic experience. more...
- New tool helps identify trauma sufferers
A new web-based tool developed by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine may help diagnose post traumatic stress disorder among individuals who have experienced trauma. more...
- A positive attitude during traumatic experiences may reduce PTSD risk
Despite suffering significant trauma, keeping a positive attitude on the battlefield may help soldiers avoid developing post traumatic stress disorder later in life, according to a new study from Michigan State University researchers. more...
- Veterans with PTSD face heart health risks
Veterans returning from foreign wars who are concerned about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may want to consider checking into a rehab facility to learn how to cope with the problem. A team of researchers from the Veteran's Administration (VA) has found that individuals who suffer from the disorder are significantly more likely to experience heart health problems and die at an early age. more...
- Combining smoking and mental health treatments could be effective
Many individuals who struggle with post traumatic stress disorder are also smokers. A new study has found that treating these two conditions together in an integrated manner results in a higher rate of quitting than treating them separately. more...
- Tetris may help trauma sufferers avoid mental disorders
Following exposure to a traumatic event, a simple computer game may keep individuals from developing a fear association, which could significantly reduce their risk of post traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study from Oxford University researchers. more...
- Experts recommend broadening the criteria of traumatic experience
Following a traumatic experience, it is difficult for doctors to know who is at the greatest risk of developing future psychological problems. This severely limits their ability to effectively prevent and treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). more...
- Immediate therapy helps children avoid PTSD
Improving communication with loved-ones immediately following a potentially traumatic event may help children avoid developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a recent study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. more...
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