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Journalists at Risk for PTSD

August 12th, 2014
Emerging research finds that working with images of extreme violence increases the risk of psychological trauma to journalists -- including post-traumatic stress disorder. A study, published by JRSM Open, shows that frequent, repetitive viewing of traumatic images by journalists working with ...

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 ...

New Research Shows Why Some People Are More Vulnerable to Stress

August 3rd, 2014
A new study may explain why some people are more vulnerable to stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders. Researchers at Duke University have discovered that the addition of a chemical mark atop a gene known for its involvement in clinical depression and post-traumatic stress ...

Mice Study Finds Brain Marker that Identifies Risk for Stress-Related Problems

July 30th, 2014
New research confirms that some people can handle stressful situations better than others. The difference, according to scientists, is not a result of genes as even identical twins show differences in how they respond to stress. In a new study, researchers identified a ...

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Poor Sleep Lowers Activity Level of Those With PTSD

July 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that compromised sleep quality as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to a reduction in physical activity. Limited physical activity, in turn, is linked to negative health outcomes such as obesity. “We found that sleep quality was ...

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 ...

Female Veterans at Higher Risk for Partner Violence

July 7th, 2014
Over the past decade, researchers have learned that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant health issue faced by women veterans. However, until recently little has been known about women’s perception of the care they have been receiving. Now, a new study discovers that ...

Waking Up During Surgery Not Tied to PTSD

June 23rd, 2014
Finnish researchers confirm in a study in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia that patients who remain aware during anesthesia and surgery do not seem to be at increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other problems with psychosocial well-being. "We found no ...

Report: Defense, VA Fail to Track If PTSD Treatment Works

June 23rd, 2014
A new report from the independent, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) finds that the federal government is not measuring the effectiveness of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- calling into question the millions of dollars spent on mental health of service members. Moreover, researchers ...
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