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Two Genes May Boost Risk for PTSD

Two Genes May Boost Risk for PTSD

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have linked two gene variants to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, may help explain why some people develop PTSD after a traumatic experience while others do not. "Many people suffer with ...
Strong Personality Traits Protect Police from PTSD

Strong Personality Traits Protect Police from PTSD

January 7th, 2015
A new study suggests personal traits such as resilience, satisfaction with life and a grateful disposition may help safeguard police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although exposure to traumatic events has been found to trigger PTSD, the personal traits appear to ...
Combined PTSD, Brain Injury in Veterans Tied to Poorer Outcome

Combined PTSD, Brain Injury in Veterans Tied to Poorer Outcome

December 29th, 2014
War veterans suffering from both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) have poorer cognitive and psychological outcomes than veterans with only one of the conditions, according to new research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The findings also suggest ...
Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

December 23rd, 2014
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans' relationships and lower their substance abuse. Researcher Carla Green led the ...
Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...
For Rural Vets, Tele-Therapy an Effective Option for PTSD

For Rural Vets, Tele-Therapy an Effective Option for PTSD

December 5th, 2014
In a new study, tele-therapy was found to be an effective treatment option for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who don't have access to a mental health practitioner. "Earlier studies have shown that PTSD treatments offered through interactive video are just ...
Imaging Studies Differentiate PTSD & Mild Brain Injury

Imaging Studies Differentiate PTSD & Mild Brain Injury

December 2nd, 2014
New research suggests advanced brain imaging techniques can help to differentiate military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from those with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Currently, it is difficult for clinicians to make a definitive diagnosis as symptoms for PTSD and MTBI ...
Prolonged Negative Thinking May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Prolonged Negative Thinking May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

November 18th, 2014
Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) may increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells begin to degenerate and die, causing severe problems with memory ...
Male Soldiers More Distressed by Sexual Harassment

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...
Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...