Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Associated Mental Health Treatment in Veterans

Traumatic Brain Injury and Associated Mental Health Treatment in Veterans

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Accurate estimates of veterans' mental health service utilization is important for providing high-quality health care.

Role of Stress, Sleep Examined in Obesity Study

Role of Stress, Sleep Examined in Obesity Study

Impaired sleep and obesity may be caused by stress.

Eating Disorders as a Result of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans

Eating Disorders as a Result of Military Sexual Trauma in Veterans

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

Expert Interview: Sex Assault Survivors Troubled By Political Climate

Expert Interview: Sex Assault Survivors Troubled By Political Climate

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Rape has been linked with the strongest risk for PTSD in both women and men, followed by combat exposure and child molestation.

PTSD Nightmares in Youth May Be Treatable With Prazosin

PTSD Nightmares in Youth May Be Treatable With Prazosin

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

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

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

SPECT Imaging Offers More Accurate Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

SPECT Imaging Offers More Accurate Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Advanced neuroimaging can more accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder than CT or MRI.

Methylphenidate & CBT Benefits TBI Patients with Cognitive Problems

Methylphenidate & CBT Benefits TBI Patients with Cognitive Problems

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These preliminary findings suggest that combined treatment with MAAT and methylphenidate can improve attention, episodic and working memory, and executive functioning following traumatic brain injury.

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

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

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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

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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

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

Pain Sensitivity Can Be Socially Transmitted Via Olfactory Cues

Pain Sensitivity Can Be Socially Transmitted Via Olfactory Cues

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The transfer of hyperalgesia is mediated by olfactory cues in mice, shedding light on the role of social and environmental cues in pain pathogenesis.

Brain Structure Alterations Observed in Children With PTSD

Brain Structure Alterations Observed in Children With PTSD

Researchers used MRI to detect variations in neural connections among earthquake survivors.

The Relation of Traumatic Stress to Pain Severity, Mood Disorders

The Relation of Traumatic Stress to Pain Severity, Mood Disorders

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Individuals with a history of abuse experience higher levels of pain, anxiety, and depression.

Telomere Shortening in Response to Childhood Trauma

Telomere Shortening in Response to Childhood Trauma

Researchers investigated the connection between early life stress and telomere length.

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