PTSD Archive

Predicting Suicide Ideation in US Soldiers Based on PTSD Trajectory

Predicting Suicide Ideation in US Soldiers Based on PTSD Trajectory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written Exposure Therapy as Effective as Cognitive Processing Therapy at Reducing PTSD Symptoms

Written Exposure Therapy as Effective as Cognitive Processing Therapy at Reducing PTSD Symptoms

Cognitive processing therapy was directly compared with written exposure therapy for individuals with PTSD.

PTSD Symptoms Most Strongly Associated With Pain-Related Outcomes

PTSD Symptoms Most Strongly Associated With Pain-Related Outcomes

Individuals with chronic pain and PTSD have poor pain-related outcomes.

Reducing PTSD Symptoms: Propranolol Before Reactivation Therapy

Reducing PTSD Symptoms: Propranolol Before Reactivation Therapy

Mean reductions in Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale scores from baseline were significantly greater in the propranolol group compared with the placebo group.

Greater PTSD Improvement From Massed Prolong Exposure vs Minimal Contact Therapy

Greater PTSD Improvement From Massed Prolong Exposure vs Minimal Contact Therapy

Prolonged exposure therapy was associated with a greater reduction in PTSD symptom severity compared with a minimal-contact control.

Anxiety Symptoms of PTSD Increased With CO2 Inhalation

Anxiety Symptoms of PTSD Increased With CO2 Inhalation

Researchers examined if inhalation order, sex, or age affected CO2 response in PTSD.

Involuntary Brain Responses to Sensory Pattern Changes in PTSD

Involuntary Brain Responses to Sensory Pattern Changes in PTSD

Mismatch negativity amplitudes may be an objective means for evaluating auditory discrimination and sensory anomaly in PTSD.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Prevents Progression of Subclinical PTSD in Veterans

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Prevents Progression of Subclinical PTSD in Veterans

Financial burdens of PTSD may be reduced with early screening and treatment in veterans with obstructive sleep apnea and PTSD.

Psychological Distress in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Efficacy of Fear Assessment Questionnaire

Psychological Distress in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Efficacy of Fear Assessment Questionnaire

The FAIR questionnaire may be useful to identify psychological stress in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

PTSD May Be Mediated by Pain Catastrophizing in Parents and Their Children

PTSD May Be Mediated by Pain Catastrophizing in Parents and Their Children

Catatstrophic thinking about pain in children may mediate the relationship between chronic pain and PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What You Need to Know

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What You Need to Know

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately 3.5% of US adults and an estimated 1 in 11 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Reduces PTSD Symptoms

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Reduces PTSD Symptoms

Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms can be reduced by eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

Ketamine Not Associated With PTSD Development in Military Trauma Setting

Ketamine Not Associated With PTSD Development in Military Trauma Setting

In the military trauma setting, ketamine administration is not linked with PTSD.

Military-Related Trauma Associated With Eating Disorders

Military-Related Trauma Associated With Eating Disorders

In male veterans, eating disorder symptoms are associated with military-related trauma.

PTSD and Fibromyalgia: Can Opioid Combination Therapy Improve QOL?

PTSD and Fibromyalgia: Can Opioid Combination Therapy Improve QOL?

Opioid therapy was shown to improve QoL in patients with concomitant fibromyalgia and PTSD.

FDA: Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted for MDMA-Assisted PTSD Pyschotherapy

FDA: Breakthrough Therapy Designation Granted for MDMA-Assisted PTSD Pyschotherapy

The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA for treating PTSD.

Pregnant Women With Migraine More Likely to Have PTSD

Pregnant Women With Migraine More Likely to Have PTSD

Pregnant women with migraine are more likely to have PTSD.

Insulin Resistance, Biological Markers of PTSD Increased in Military Veterans

Insulin Resistance, Biological Markers of PTSD Increased in Military Veterans

Data from 80 veterans with PTSD were studied to examine the biological pathways between PTSD and markers of cardiometabolic risk.

CBT Program for PTSD, Substance Abuse In Transgender Women With HIV

CBT Program for PTSD, Substance Abuse In Transgender Women With HIV

Few current treatments currently target PTSD and substance use disorder at the same time.

Eating Disorders as a Result of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans

Eating Disorders as a Result of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans

Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma are at higher risk for post-deployment eating disorders.

PTSD Nightmares in Youth May Be Treatable With Prazosin

PTSD Nightmares in Youth May Be Treatable With Prazosin

In cases of PTSD in children, reports showed a marked improvement in nightmares when prazosin was prescribed.

PTSD Linked to Amplification of Pain, Spinal Nociception

PTSD Linked to Amplification of Pain, Spinal Nociception

Both pain response and development of chronic pain are significantly linked to trauma exposure.

PTSD Severity May Be Indicated By Headache Pain

PTSD Severity May Be Indicated By Headache Pain

Posttraumatic stress disorder severity may be related to chronic headache pain.

PTSD: Similar Effects of High- and Low-Frequency rTMS

PTSD: Similar Effects of High- and Low-Frequency rTMS

Researchers compared the effects of different active rTMS frequencies on PTSD.

PTSD Symptoms Following MVCs Contribute to Axial Pain

PTSD Symptoms Following MVCs Contribute to Axial Pain

PTSD and pain share a mutual relationship that contribute to chronic pain syndromes.

Mental Health Pre-Screening Shows No Benefit for Soldiers Post-Deployment

Mental Health Pre-Screening Shows No Benefit for Soldiers Post-Deployment

Pre-screening military personnel after deployment did not affect the presence of mental illness.

CPAP May Improve PTSD in Veterans With Sleep Apnea

CPAP May Improve PTSD in Veterans With Sleep Apnea

Utilizing CPAP is thought to promote consolidation of emotional memory, which may assist in recovery from traumatic events.

Support for Early Treatment With CBT in Youth With PTSD

Support for Early Treatment With CBT in Youth With PTSD

This trial indicates that in most cases, youth who are diagnosed with PTSD 2 to 6 months after the initial trauma are likely to require treatment.

Increased Risk of PTSD in Parents of Kids With Critical Heart Defects

Increased Risk of PTSD in Parents of Kids With Critical Heart Defects

The researchers proposed integrating mental health screening and treatment into pediatric cardiology care.

PTSD Research Highlights Early Intervention Strategies

PTSD Research Highlights Early Intervention Strategies

Relationship of trauma memories to other PTSD symptoms offers early intervention potential.

PTSD Risk Following Unexpected Death of a Loved One May Be Predictable

PTSD Risk Following Unexpected Death of a Loved One May Be Predictable

Screening assessments are useful for identifying high-risk individuals for early interventions following the unexpected death of a loved one.

SfN: CBT May Improve PTSD, Depression Through Common Biological Mechanism

SfN: CBT May Improve PTSD, Depression Through Common Biological Mechanism

The dimensional brain-behavioral associations could potentially serve as an imaging marker to index inter-individual differences in treatment responses.

SfN: PTSD From Different Traumas Shows Different Grey Matter Reduction Patterns

SfN: PTSD From Different Traumas Shows Different Grey Matter Reduction Patterns

This suggests that stratified diagnosis and treatment for PTSD patients are necessary in clinics.

SfN: Non-invasive Nerve Stimulation May Improve PTSD Symptoms

SfN: Non-invasive Nerve Stimulation May Improve PTSD Symptoms

The treatment improved electrophysiological measures of autonomic nervous system state and emotionally-modulated startle response.

Cognitive Therapy Benefits Only Some Patients with PTSD

Cognitive Therapy Benefits Only Some Patients with PTSD

When people have expressed PTSD symptoms for about 6 months to a year and a half, the disorder becomes entrenched.

Mindfulness Training Changes Brain Connectivity in PTSD

Mindfulness Training Changes Brain Connectivity in PTSD

The brains of those with PTSD who received mindfulness training changed in ways that may have helped them "switch off" looping memories.

PTSD Symptoms May Increase Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

PTSD Symptoms May Increase Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

In prospective cohort study of women, elevated risk for rheumatoid arthritis is independent of smoking.

Post Stem Cell Transplant, Depression and PTSD Common

Post Stem Cell Transplant, Depression and PTSD Common

Decline in QOL and increase in depressive symptoms during hospitalization predict six-month outcomes.

Effects of Pain Catastrophizing on Women With Chronic Low Back Pain

Effects of Pain Catastrophizing on Women With Chronic Low Back Pain

Understanding how pain catastrophizing works can assist clinicians with providing effective treatments to patients with chronic pain.

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.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters