PTSD Archive

Improvements Needed in Treating Veterans With PTSD, Depression

Improvements Needed in Treating Veterans With PTSD, Depression

The number and timing of follow-up psychotherapy visits may be inadequate to deliver evidence-based psychotherapy.

Harassment of LGBT Youths Can Lead To Lasting Depression, PTSD

Harassment of LGBT Youths Can Lead To Lasting Depression, PTSD

10.3% of the participants experienced moderate victimization that increased, and 5.1% experienced high levels of consistent victimization.

Trauma Teams Face High Rates of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout

Trauma Teams Face High Rates of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout

Acknowledging the challenges facing trauma care providers is key to preventing compassion fatigue and burnout.

Meditation for PTSD Soldiers Can Reduce Need for Meds

Meditation for PTSD Soldiers Can Reduce Need for Meds

After one month of transcendental meditation, more than 80% of active-duty soldiers with PTSD had stabilized, reduced, or stopped taking meds.

PTSD Resources For Non-Vets Need Improvement

PTSD Resources For Non-Vets Need Improvement

Research and resources geared toward non-veterans is not sufficient enough to help them.

UCLA Program Reduces Anxiety, Depression, PTSD in Military Families

UCLA Program Reduces Anxiety, Depression, PTSD in Military Families

The intervention teaches the entire family approaches for overcoming misunderstandings, diminishing tensions, handling difficult emotions, and banding together.

Second Traumatic Experience Ups PTSD Likelihood

Second Traumatic Experience Ups PTSD Likelihood

After rats were given a second, unpredictable shock, they began to show fear and anxiety akin to what is seen in people with PTSD.

PTSD Linked To Chemical Imbalance in Brain

PTSD Linked To Chemical Imbalance in Brain

The imbalance between brain systems, rather than the degree of change in a single system, that determines symptom severity.

ADHD Stimulant Also Eases PTSD Symptoms

ADHD Stimulant Also Eases PTSD Symptoms

Treatment with methylphenidate was associated with an improvement in PTSD symptoms and fewer cognitive complaints in those with TBI.

Half of Middle East Refugees in Europe May Have PTSD

Half of Middle East Refugees in Europe May Have PTSD

Unaccompanied children and young people under the age of 18, were found to be at highest risk of PTSD. Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

Boosting Activity of Brain Protein Could Treat PTSD

Boosting Activity of Brain Protein Could Treat PTSD

Boosting activity of the protein serum SGK1 may help to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

Human Trafficking Victims Have High Rates of PTSD, Depression

Human Trafficking Victims Have High Rates of PTSD, Depression

Thirty-nine percent of adults and 27% of children in the trafficked group were diagnosed with PTSD.

Integrated Mental Health Care Improves PTSD Treatment for Vets

Integrated Mental Health Care Improves PTSD Treatment for Vets

Vets screened for PTSD in integrated mental health services are more likely to receive necessary treatment.

Female Vietnam Vets Have Higher PTSD Prevalence

Female Vietnam Vets Have Higher PTSD Prevalence

Female Vietnam veterans have a 1.5 times higher likelihood of developing PTSD than women who served in the U.S.

PTSD Risk for Women in Military No Greater Than Men's

PTSD Risk for Women in Military No Greater Than Men's

Male and female soldiers followed for seven years developed PTSD at nearly the same rate.

No Evidence of Connection Between PTSD and Cancer

No Evidence of Connection Between PTSD and Cancer

Largest study to date finds no evidence of an association between post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer.

Ketamine Beneficial in Child With PTSD

Ketamine Beneficial in Child With PTSD

Sustained remission from post-traumatic stress disoders symptoms of aggression, emotional dysregulation demonstrated in 7-year-old boy.

Mindfulness Therapy Helps Vets Deal With PTSD

Mindfulness Therapy Helps Vets Deal With PTSD

Mindfulness-based stress-reduction therapy improved PTSD symptoms more than present-centered group therapy did.

Traumatic Events Impact Brains of People Who Don't Develop PTSD

Traumatic Events Impact Brains of People Who Don't Develop PTSD

Trauma may cause distinct and long-lasting effects even in people who do not develop PTSD.

PTSD Still Impacts 250K+ Vietnam Veterans

PTSD Still Impacts 250K+ Vietnam Veterans

At least one-third of Vietnam vets with PTSD also have comorbid major depression.

Avoid Benzodiazepines As PTSD, Trauma Treatment

Avoid Benzodiazepines As PTSD, Trauma Treatment

Benzodiazepines are associated with no improvement or even worsening of PTSD symptoms.

High Blood Pressure Drug May Help Treat PTSD

High Blood Pressure Drug May Help Treat PTSD

The hypertension medication propranolol may help PTSD patients with suppressing fear.

Video Game Tetris Reduces Intrusive Memories in PTSD

Video Game Tetris Reduces Intrusive Memories in PTSD

After viewing traumatic videos, people who played Tetris experienced fewer intrusive memories than those who didn't play the video game.

PTSD, Trauma Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women

PTSD, Trauma Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women

Women with severe PTSD had a 60% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than women who didn't experience trauma.

SSRI/Mirtazapine Combination Beneficial as a PTSD Treatment

SSRI/Mirtazapine Combination Beneficial as a PTSD Treatment

Patients who received both sertraline and mirtazapine had better improvements in remission and depressive symptoms than those who took sertraline alone.

PTSD Severity Linked to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea in Veterans

PTSD Severity Linked to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea in Veterans

Every significant increase in severity of a PTSD symptom was associated with a 40% increase in being at high risk for sleep apnea.

Depression Can Exacerbate Anger in Vets With PTSD

Depression Can Exacerbate Anger in Vets With PTSD

Almost 75% of soldiers with signs of PTSD also seemed to suffer from depression.

No Evidence of Link Between PTSD and Cancer

No Evidence of Link Between PTSD and Cancer

Danish study of more than 4,000 people finds PTSD is not a risk factor for developing nearly all types of cancer examined.

Can Service Dogs Help Alleviate Symptoms of PTSD?

Can Service Dogs Help Alleviate Symptoms of PTSD?

If Purdue University study is successful, it could persuade the Veterans Administration to allow service dogs for vets with PTSD.

PTSD May Lead to Premature Aging

PTSD May Lead to Premature Aging

Researchers find that people with PTSD have shorter than normal telomeres, a part of DNA strands that become shorter with age.

Viewing Violence on Social Media Linked to PTSD Symptoms

Viewing Violence on Social Media Linked to PTSD Symptoms

Viewing violent events on social media can cause PTSD-like symptoms.

Panel Backs Medical Marijuana for PTSD in Illinois

Panel Backs Medical Marijuana for PTSD in Illinois

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, however, rejected cannabis as a treatment for anxiety.

Verbal 'Updating' Therapy Could Lessen PTSD Symptoms

Verbal 'Updating' Therapy Could Lessen PTSD Symptoms

Finding out what has happened soon after a trauma may change the way a memory is stored in the brain.

ICU Stay Could Leave Patients Vulnerable to PTSD

ICU Stay Could Leave Patients Vulnerable to PTSD

Nearly 25% of patients who survived a stay in an intensive care unit experienced PTSD symptoms within six months of discharge.

Stellate Ganglion Block Fails as Possible PTSD Treatment

Stellate Ganglion Block Fails as Possible PTSD Treatment

However, patients that received a second SGB injection saw more improvement in symptoms compared with those given placebo injection.

Blueberries Examined as Potential PTSD Treatment

Blueberries Examined as Potential PTSD Treatment

Rats with PTSD given blueberries showed an increase in serotonin, suggesting the fruit may alter neurotransmitter levels.

Controversial Psychiatrist to Start Marijuana Trial for PTSD

Controversial Psychiatrist to Start Marijuana Trial for PTSD

Sue Sisley, who was fired as a professor last year, said she will start the clinical trial as soon as she receives marijuana from the feds.

PTSD Tied To Higher Risk of Heart Failure

PTSD Tied To Higher Risk of Heart Failure

Veterans with combat experience were also five times more likely than soldiers who hadn't seen combat to suffer heart failure.

Algorithm Better Able to Predict PTSD Risk

Algorithm Better Able to Predict PTSD Risk

Algorithm crunches through 800 different factors that may contribute PTSD to more accurate predict risk in someone who has experienced trauma.

Biomarkers That May Predict PTSD Found

Biomarkers That May Predict PTSD Found

Researchers say next steps should be to develop a blood panel of predictive biomarkers for PTSD and use such information to develop new therapies.

After TBI, PTSD Symptoms Predict Later Disability

After TBI, PTSD Symptoms Predict Later Disability

PTSD symptoms were the strongest predict of later disability in military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury.

Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD

Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD

Small study found 55% of parents whose children had a stroke met at least one PTSD criteria.

Mindfulness Training Focuses Soldiers' Attention

Mindfulness Training Focuses Soldiers' Attention

Soldiers who underwent mindfulness training before deployment had fewer attentional lapses and less mind wandering.

Therapy Dogs Alleviate Stress Associated with Cancer Treatment

Therapy Dogs Alleviate Stress Associated with Cancer Treatment

Therapy dogs may help with emotional and social well-being of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Veteran With PTSD Who Killed Cop Executed

Veteran With PTSD Who Killed Cop Executed

Andrew Brannan, a Vietnam vet who had suffered from PTSD, depression and bipolar disorder, received lethal injection for the murder of a Georgia cop.

Two Genetic Variants Linked to PTSD

Two Genetic Variants Linked to PTSD

Discovery suggests that hereditary influences the risk of developing PTSD.

In Women, PTSD May Raise Diabetes Risk

In Women, PTSD May Raise Diabetes Risk

Women with severe PTSD have almost twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women without the condition.

Personality Traits May Shield Police Officers from PTSD

Personality Traits May Shield Police Officers from PTSD

New Orleans police officers with traits including resilience and satisfaction with life less likely to have PTSD in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

PTSD Combined With Brain Injury Compounds Poor Outcomes

PTSD Combined With Brain Injury Compounds Poor Outcomes

Veterans who have both PTSD and traumatic brain injury have worse outcomes than those who have just one condition.

Service Dogs Help Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

Service Dogs Help Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

Service dogs can reduce PTSD symptoms, improve relationships, and reduce substance abuse in veterans.

IBM's Watson Computer Will Help VA Doctors Treat PTSD

IBM's Watson Computer Will Help VA Doctors Treat PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs will use IBM's Watson supercomputer to advise physicians on PTSD treatment for veterans.

Marijuana May Actually Worsen PTSD Symptoms

Marijuana May Actually Worsen PTSD Symptoms

An observational study of 2000 participants find that medical marijuana made PTSD symptoms worse and increased violent behavior.

Turmeric Compound Could Ease PTSD Symptoms

Turmeric Compound Could Ease PTSD Symptoms

In rats, curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, blocked the formation of fear memories.

Structured Exercise Alleviates PTSD Symptoms

Structured Exercise Alleviates PTSD Symptoms

Engaging in resistance-training sessions and walking several times per week led to greater improvement in symptoms than psychotherapy, medication alone.

PTSD Diagnosis Aided By New Imaging Techniques

PTSD Diagnosis Aided By New Imaging Techniques

A hybrid imaging technique using positron emission tomography and computed tomography could better diagnose PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Marijuana As a PTSD Treatment?

Marijuana As a PTSD Treatment?

Rats given synthetic cannabinoids after being subjected to electric shocks had fewer PTSD symptoms than rats not given any or given an antidepressant.

Bill Would Allow Veterans Access to Marijuana for PTSD

Bill Would Allow Veterans Access to Marijuana for PTSD

Current Department of Veterans Affairs policy bans its doctors from giving opinions or recommendations about medical marijuana.

Telemedicine-based Psychotherapy Benefits Veterans With PTSD

Telemedicine-based Psychotherapy Benefits Veterans With PTSD

Veterans who participated in psychotherapy via interactive video sessions saw greater improvement in PTSD symptoms than those on usual care.

Many Mental Health Providers Ill Prepared for Treating Veterans

Many Mental Health Providers Ill Prepared for Treating Veterans

Survey finds relatively few mental health practitioners have cultural competencies in dealing with veterans or use evidence-based care.

Change in DSM-5 Helps to Better Predict PTSD

Change in DSM-5 Helps to Better Predict PTSD

Changes in diagnosing acute stress disorder helped to better identify people at risk for PTSD.

Soldiers' Suicide Risk Predictable With Algorithm

Soldiers' Suicide Risk Predictable With Algorithm

Researchers have identified risk factors that can predict suicide risk in U.S. Army soldiers following hospitalization for psychiatric conditions.

PTSD Increases Risk of Premature Birth

PTSD Increases Risk of Premature Birth

Pregnant women with a recent diagnosis of PTSD were 35% more likely to have a baby born more than three weeks early.

Military-Tested PTSD App Wins FDA Clearance

Military-Tested PTSD App Wins FDA Clearance

App assesses cognitive and psychological symptoms to help clinicians make post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury diagnoses.

Bed Bugs Can Cause Long-Lasting Anxiety, PTSD Symptoms

Bed Bugs Can Cause Long-Lasting Anxiety, PTSD Symptoms

Researchers are studying the psychological effects of bed bug infestations, particularly with lingering anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anesthetic Procedure May Improve Severe PTSD Symptoms

Anesthetic Procedure May Improve Severe PTSD Symptoms

Small study indicates that patients suffering from extreme PTSD given a "nerve block" saw their symptoms improve for up to three months.

Surfing As a PTSD Therapy?

Surfing As a PTSD Therapy?

Small study of 16 combat veterans found improvements in anxiety, depression, and less suicidal thoughts, after taking up surfing.

'Mini Strokes' May Increase Risk of PTSD

'Mini Strokes' May Increase Risk of PTSD

Fear, depression, and anxiety might follow a transient ischemic attack, researchers say.

PTSD Tied to Increased Risk of Food Addiction

PTSD Tied to Increased Risk of Food Addiction

Women with multiple symptoms of PTSD more than twice as likely to get addicted to food compared to women with no trauma history.

PTSD Can Develop Without Memory of Childhood Trauma

PTSD Can Develop Without Memory of Childhood Trauma

People who don't have a clear memory of a childhood traumatic experience can still develop post-traumatic stress disorder as an adult.

DSM-5 Excludes Many with Previous PTSD Diagnosis

DSM-5 Excludes Many with Previous PTSD Diagnosis

Using DSM-5 parameters, 30% of veterans who were diagnosed with PTSD under DSM-IV would no longer qualify for diagnosis.

Losing a Loved One Can Trigger Onset of Psychiatric Illness

Losing a Loved One Can Trigger Onset of Psychiatric Illness

Losing a loved one leads to an elevated risk of developing depression, panic disorder and PTSD.

PTSD Still Prevalent Among Vietnam Veterans

PTSD Still Prevalent Among Vietnam Veterans

More than 283,000 Vietnam combat veterans have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Children of Holocaust Survivors Inherit PTSD-Related Genetic Changes

Children of Holocaust Survivors Inherit PTSD-Related Genetic Changes

Methylation of glucocorticoid receptor in genes of children plays role in expression of symptoms.

Traumatic Experiences Can Alter Genome

Traumatic Experiences Can Alter Genome

Environmental influences can trigger epigenetic mechanisms, which interact with the genome and may play a role in PTSD.

Experimental Treatments In Development for PTSD

Experimental Treatments In Development for PTSD

Virtual reality is an enhanced version of the imaginal exposure utilized as a part of trauma-focused psychotherapies.

Benefits Counseling Helps Veterans With Psych Issues Work More

Benefits Counseling Helps Veterans With Psych Issues Work More

Veterans on disability payments who received counseling worked more days than those who did not.

PTSD Symptom Improvement in Vets Tied to Speedy Access to Treatment

PTSD Symptom Improvement in Vets Tied to Speedy Access to Treatment

Women were more likely to see improvement compared to men and officers were more likely than enlisted personnel.

Poor Sleep in Those With PTSD Leads to Lack of Physical Activity

Poor Sleep in Those With PTSD Leads to Lack of Physical Activity

After one year, those with PTSD who said they had sleep problems were less physically active.

Symptoms Following Mild Brain Injury: PCS or PTSD?

Symptoms Following Mild Brain Injury: PCS or PTSD?

Researchers say symptoms are part of the hyperarousal dimension of posttraumatic stress disorder.

How Do Natural Disasters Influence Mental Health?

How Do Natural Disasters Influence Mental Health?

New Zealanders living near the site of the Christchurch earthquakes only had slightly higher incidence of mental issues compared to others.

Anesthetic Ketamine Alleviates PTSD Symptoms

Anesthetic Ketamine Alleviates PTSD Symptoms

Ketamine led to significant and rapid decline in severity of symptoms.

IOM: More Analysis Needed on PTSD Treatments

IOM: More Analysis Needed on PTSD Treatments

Therapies are costing federal agencies millions, but it's unclear which ones work best.

Preterm Births Higher with PTSD, Depression

Preterm Births Higher with PTSD, Depression

Pregnant women with post-traumatic stress diosrders and major depressive disorder where four times more likely to deliver preterm.

A Brain Chip to Treat PTSD?

A Brain Chip to Treat PTSD?

The military hopes to have a prototype completed within 5 years and then plans to seek FDA approval.

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