Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In-Person Social Contact Tied to Reduced Psychiatric Symptoms

In-Person Social Contact Tied to Reduced Psychiatric Symptoms

For military veterans, in-person social interaction, but not social contact on Facebook, is associated with a significantly reduced risk for symptoms of major depression and PTSD.

Transcendental Meditation Reduces PTSD Symptom Severity in Veterans

Transcendental Meditation Reduces PTSD Symptom Severity in Veterans

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Investigators compared a non-trauma-focused meditation program with a gold-standard trauma-focused psychotherapy.

Psychotropic Medication May Reduce Symptoms and Improve Functioning in PTSD

Psychotropic Medication May Reduce Symptoms and Improve Functioning in PTSD

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In patients with traumatic injury, there may be a benefit to starting paroxetine to prevent PTSD and associated symptoms, including numbing and avoidance.

Giving Patients Treatment Choice Improves PTSD Outcomes

Giving Patients Treatment Choice Improves PTSD Outcomes

Giving patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) their preferred treatment improves adherence and symptoms.

In Study of Veterans, Therapy Most Significant Predictor of PTSD Recovery

In Study of Veterans, Therapy Most Significant Predictor of PTSD Recovery

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Patients with PTSD should consider concurrent treatment with evidence-based psychotherapy to maximize their chances for meaningful improvement.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Effective for Veterans With PTSD

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Effective for Veterans With PTSD

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This research supports the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction as a treatment method for veterans with PTSD.

Shame Drives Suicidal Ideation Among Veterans With PTSD

Shame Drives Suicidal Ideation Among Veterans With PTSD

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The authors argue that these findings suggest that reducing shame among veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder may reduce the risk for suicide.

Risk Factors for PTSD in Surrogate Decision Makers of Critically Ill Patients

Risk Factors for PTSD in Surrogate Decision Makers of Critically Ill Patients

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Acting in the capacity of a surrogate decision maker can lead to emotional distress and poor health-related quality of life.

Adolescent Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Differ Between Sexes

Adolescent Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Differ Between Sexes

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This initial evidence points toward sex differences among adolescents experiencing PTSD symptoms, both in network connectivity and symptom centrality.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Alter Suicidal Ideation in Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Alter Suicidal Ideation in Anxiety Disorders

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety-related disorders was associated with improvements in suicide ideation rather than exacerbation.

Exposure Therapy Administered by Nonspecialty Healthcare Workers Effective in Treating Adolescent PTSD

Exposure Therapy Administered by Nonspecialty Healthcare Workers Effective in Treating Adolescent PTSD

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Participants in the prolonged exposure therapy arm experienced greater improvements in PTSD symptom severity from baseline to post-treatment than those receiving supportive counseling.

Mind-Body Therapy and Psychiatry: Ancient Tools for Modern Practice

Mind-Body Therapy and Psychiatry: Ancient Tools for Modern Practice

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Meditation techniques have an ever-growing evidence base to support their use and have become increasingly accepted in Western medicine as helpful adjuncts to other therapies.

World Trade Center PTSD May Up Risk for Stroke, MI in Clean-Up Crew

World Trade Center PTSD May Up Risk for Stroke, MI in Clean-Up Crew

World Trade Center-related PTSD is a risk factor for myocardial infarction and stroke among workers involved in cleaning up the debris.

Phase 3 Trial of Potential PTSD Treatment Halted

Phase 3 Trial of Potential PTSD Treatment Halted

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Participants in the trial were randomized to receive Tonmya 5.6mg sublingually at bedtime for 12 weeks or placebo sublingual tablets.

Predicting Suicide Ideation in US Soldiers Based on PTSD Trajectory

Predicting Suicide Ideation in US Soldiers Based on PTSD Trajectory

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Based on their findings, researchers noted the importance of follow-up assessment of suicide risk, even among soldiers with low PTSD symptoms at homecoming.

Identifying Predictive Factors for Psychotropic Use in Youths With PTSD

Identifying Predictive Factors for Psychotropic Use in Youths With PTSD

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These data suggest that psychotherapy is underutilized as treatment in youths with PTSD, and that much of this population does not receive any form of care.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Reduced With Virtual Reality Therapy

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Reduced With Virtual Reality Therapy

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Results from this study show that virtual reality exposure therapy improved posttraumatic stress disorders symptoms, had no adverse events, and maintained improvements for 6 months post treatment.

ICD-11 Proposed Criteria Identifies Fewer Cases of PTSD

ICD-11 Proposed Criteria Identifies Fewer Cases of PTSD

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The results demonstrated that the proposed revision was less likely to identify patients with mild to moderate post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms who might still require treatment.

PTSD Symptoms and the Acute Pain Response in Low-Income Women

PTSD Symptoms and the Acute Pain Response in Low-Income Women

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Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms may be associated with higher levels of acute pain and pain interference in low-income inner city women.

Addressing Psychiatric Comorbidities in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Addressing Psychiatric Comorbidities in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

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Rheuatology Advisor speaks with a psychologist about addressing mental health in patients with inflammatory arthritis.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Effective for Treating PTSD in Veterans, First Responders

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Effective for Treating PTSD in Veterans, First Responders

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As a result of 6 phase 2 trials, the FDA has designated MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD as breakthrough therapy.

Longer Breaks Between Deployments Decreased Suicide Risk in Soldiers

Longer Breaks Between Deployments Decreased Suicide Risk in Soldiers

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Analyses revealed that the likelihood of suicide attempts during or after second deployment were twice as high in soldiers whose first deployment occurred within their initial 12 months of service.

Prenatal Stress Exposure May Affect Childhood Temperament

Prenatal Stress Exposure May Affect Childhood Temperament

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These data may be useful in developing care strategies for mothers suffering from stress exposure and in predicting the temperaments of their children.

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

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A number of factors including chronic pain co-occurring with posttraumatic stress disorder and pain interference may predict suicidal ideation and violent impulses in US veterans with chronic pain.

Closed-Loop Neurotechnology Improves PTSD Symptoms

Closed-Loop Neurotechnology Improves PTSD Symptoms

Significant reductions in all symptom scores after intervention in military personnel.

Supported Employment vs Transitional Work in Veterans With PTSD

Supported Employment vs Transitional Work in Veterans With PTSD

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Individual placement and support employment intervention maybe be more effective than stepwise transitional work vocational rehabilitation.

Nightmares in Military Personnel Frequently Comorbid With Mental Health Disorders

Nightmares in Military Personnel Frequently Comorbid With Mental Health Disorders

Nightmares are frequently comorbid with other sleep and mental health disorders in US military personnel.

Emergency Mental Health Services During Hurricane Harvey: Challenges and Lessons

Emergency Mental Health Services During Hurricane Harvey: Challenges and Lessons

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Bipolar disorder (31.9%), depression (19.8%), schizophrenia (14.2%), and anxiety disorders (9.1%) were the most common mental health issues reported. Approximately 13% of evacuees with a mental health concern reported a history of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Prazosin and placebo exhibit similar efficacy in post-traumatic stress disorder: The PACT trial

In patients with nocturnal symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), prazosin did not significantly reduce nightmares or improve quality of sleep compared with placebo at 10 or 26 weeks.

Association Between PTSD, Pain Intensity Mediated by Sleep Quality in Pediatric Patients

Association Between PTSD, Pain Intensity Mediated by Sleep Quality in Pediatric Patients

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For pediatric patients with chronic pain, PTSD symptoms may be linked with higher levels of pain intensity.

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