Early PTSD Symptoms After Blast Injury May Predict Later Disability

March 5th, 2015
For military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries, early symptoms of post-traumatic stress such as anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks, and irritability are the strongest predictors of later disability, said researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Investigators were surprised that mental ...

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

Female Veteran Heart Patients Tend to Be Younger, Obese, More Depressed

March 2nd, 2015
Female veterans who have gone through the Veterans Administration (VA) system to receive cardiac catheterization tend to be younger, more obese, more depressed and more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their male counterparts, according to a new study ...

Half of Parents of Child Stroke Victims Have PTSD Symptoms

February 16th, 2015
Over half of all parents whose children have suffered from a stroke show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2015. Researchers also found that about one-fourth of children who have experienced ...

Brain Marker May Predict Later Stress-Related Depression

February 7th, 2015
Monitoring activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain that detects and responds to danger -- can help determine who will become depressed or anxious in response to stressful life events, according to a new study. More importantly, the research could lead ...

‘Honeycomb’ Brain Damage Afflicts Some Vets Who Survive Blasts

January 26th, 2015
Researchers have discovered honeycomb-shaped patterns of broken and swollen nerve fibers in the brains of some veterans who survived an improvised explosive device (IED), according to a new study at Johns Hopkins University. These hidden brain injuries may be the physical evidence behind ...

Mouse Study Provides Insights on Anxiety

January 20th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a new pathway that controls fear memories and behavior in a mouse brain. They believe the finding may eventually help explain the way in which human anxiety disorders develop. For the nearly 40 million adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, an ...

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

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

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 ...
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