PTSD News

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Mini-Stroke May Lead to PTSD

October 4th, 2014
Nearly one-third of patients who suffer a mini-stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those with PTSD were also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and lower quality of life, according to researchers at ...

U.S. Military Lessens Stigma of Mental Illness, Promotes Treatment

October 1st, 2014
An independent study by the RAND Corporation discovers the U.S. Department of Defense has made progress in reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for mental illness. Nevertheless, although the culture surrounding conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder has improved, researchers ...

Women with PTSD at Greater Risk for Food Addiction

September 27th, 2014
Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at greater risk for developing a food addiction, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. In fact, women who show severe symptoms of PTSD are twice as likely to meet ...

Brain Scan Study Aims to One Day Personalize PTSD Treatment

September 21st, 2014
Researchers have linked a certain opioid receptor (associated with emotions) to specific trauma symptoms, including sadness, emotional detachment and listlessness. The brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, could one day aid in the development of targeted, ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in 27 out ...

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 ...