PTSD News

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...

Postpartum Difficulties Not Just Limited to Depression

August 19th, 2014
Beyond postpartum depression, there are several other lesser-known mental health risks during the perinatal period (just before and after a baby is born), and this includes the added pressure of becoming a “super” mom or dad, according to a University of Kansas ...

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 ...

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 ...