PTSD News

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 ...

New Device Shows How PTSD Damages Brain

June 20th, 2014
Innovative new technology in the form of a portable brain-mapping device can now show brain areas damaged by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). University of Texas, Arlington (UT) researchers developed the tool to assess brain (prefrontal cortex) activity in student veterans when they were ...

Pathological Gambling May Run in Families

June 18th, 2014
In a new study, University of Iowa (UI) investigators found that pathological gambling runs in families, with first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. "Our work clearly ...

New Tool Helps ID Vets at Risk of Violence

June 5th, 2014
New Tool Helps ID Vets at Risk of ViolenceResearchers have developed a new screening tool to help clinicians identify which veterans may be at greater risk of violence. The screening tool, called the Violence Screening ...

Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric Disorders

May 31st, 2014
Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric DisordersThe sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness, according to a new ...

Patient Choice of Treatment for PTSD Can Lead to Cost Savings

May 29th, 2014
Empowering Patients on Choice of Care, Improves PTSD Cost-Effectiveness A new cost-analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder treatments shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment -- either psychotherapy or medication -- is less expensive ...

Repeated Sexual Assault Victims Face Greater Psychological Consequences

May 24th, 2014
Repeated Sexual Assault Victims Face Greater Psychological ConsequencesA new study shows that victims who experience repeated forms of sexual violence — including rape -- experience greater levels of psychological and behavioral consequences than previously ...

Intensive Care Can Spawn PTSD Symptoms

May 20th, 2014
Intensive Care Can Spawn PTSD SymptomsNew research suggests receiving care in an intensive care unit can inadvertently lead to risk of developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, presented at the American Thoracic Society International ...

Mindfulness Training May Ease Combat Stress, Related Illness

May 17th, 2014
Mindfulness Training May Ease Combat Stress, Related IllnessMindfulness meditation training may help U.S. Marines prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations. This could help reduce the growing trend of stress-related health conditions among military ...

Integrating Mental Health with Ob/Gyn Visits Eases Women’s Depression

May 10th, 2014
Integrating Mental Health with Ob/Gyn Visits Eases Women’s DepressionWomen who received collaborative care for depression at two University of Washington Medicine obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual ...