Trauma News

New Research Shows Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment

August 31st, 2014
Sleep quality is critical to the effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, according to a new study. "I think these findings help us understand why sleep disturbances and nightmares are such important symptoms in PTSD," said Sean P.A. Drummond, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry ...

Poor Childhood Can Lead to Impulsive Adulthood, Lack of Persistence

August 21st, 2014
Growing up poor appears to influence a person’s sense of control, leading them to give up quickly on challenging tasks. Moreover, the perceived loss of control may contribute to impulsive decision-making and unwise behaviors, suggests research recently published by the American Psychological Association. "Two ...

Rat Study Finds PTSD Can Develop Without Trauma Memory

August 15th, 2014
A new rat study finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop even without explicit memory of an earlier trauma. Researchers at the University of Albany and the University of California, Los Angeles note there are case reports of people who have experienced ...

Jet’s Near-Disaster Sparks Study on Who Is Vulnerable to PTSD

August 14th, 2014
A first of its kind study explored how a life-threatening traumatic event, and the memory of the event, influences the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers studied a group of Air Transat (AT) passengers who experienced 30 minutes of unimaginable terror over ...

Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit from Expressive Writing

August 4th, 2014
A new study of Asian-Americans has determined that writing down fears and emotions associated with a breast cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes. Emotional writing however, is different from journaling. "The key to developing an expressive writing intervention is the writing ...

Life Stressors Trigger Alcohol Problems in Vets

August 1st, 2014
Timely new research discovers civilian stress events are more likely to trigger alcohol problems among veterans than among non-military personnel. Investigators found returning National Guard soldiers -- regardless of the traumatic events they experienced -- were more likely to develop a drinking ...

Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

July 24th, 2014
A provocative new editorial suggests controlling pain during childbirth and after delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Katherine Wisner, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist, bases her hypothesis on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with epidural anesthesia ...

For Women, Early Sexual Abuse Tied to Atherosclerosis Later in Life

July 20th, 2014
Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and ...

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

July 19th, 2014
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems, according to a new study. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared to 33 ...

Activity in Amygdala May Be Key to Developing PTSD

July 16th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that the amygdala, the small brain structure involved in emotional learning and fear acquisition, may hold the key to who is likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a new study, a disparate group of researchers collaborated on a ...