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Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Risk In Young Natural Disaster Survivors

A new study has found that young people who survive natural disasters like the tsunami or even Hurricane Katrina are at a high risk of developing// chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as depression. ..The study conducted by UCLA researchers says that these factors need to be kept in mind when counselling adolescents post-disaster. The study highlights the case of young survivor...

Brain Abnormalities Raise the Risk of PTSD

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to combat or another extremely disturbing event. According to a study it was found that Vietnam combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) //when compared with their non-combat exposed, identical twins had minor neurologic deficits. It suggests that these deficits are not acquired by exposure to traumatic events but instead...

PTSD Risk Enhanced With Mild Neurologic Deficits

A study conducted on identical male twins has revealed that Vietnam war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their non-combat exposed, identical twins portrayed// slight neurologic deficits that veterans without PTSD and their twins did not have, suggesting that the existence of deficits may actually predispose individuals to PTSD, according to an article in the May issue of Ar...

American War Veterans Not Receiving Enough Care For PTSD

Researchers from Columbia University and other institutions claim to have found that nearly 19% of Vietnam War veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to a direct// result of war. ....Now lawmakers, advocates have raised questions about whether returning troops would get the proper treatment necessary. Their fears see to increase as more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, now me...

Injury Severity Is Possible Risk for PTSD, Depression

The first study to focus on U.S. soldiers seriously wounded or injured during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan and states that injury //severity may predict the risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, has been published in the October 2006 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. ....The study written by Thomas A...

Stress Produces PTSD-like Symptoms in Rats

Researchers at the University of South Florida and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa have developed new ways of assessing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder// (PTSD). These new studies show that strong, purely psychological stress produces behavioral symptoms in animal models similar to those commonly observed in people diagnosed with PTSD. ....The investigators found that test rats exp...

Women Are More At Risk For PTSD Than Men

Females are more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for PTSD though males experience more traumatic events on average than do females// – says a review of 25 years of research published by American Psychological Association (APA) reported in the November issue of psychological bulletin. ..The authors reviewed 290 studies conducted between 1980 and 2005 to determine who is more at risk for potent...

Common PTSD Drug is No More Effective Than Placebo

Guanfacine, a medication commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, is no more effective than a placebo, according to a study// led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. ....“There was no benefit at all, and there were several adverse side effects,” says lead author Thomas Neylan, MD, medical director of the PTSD treatment program at SFVAMC. “Pe...

Patients With PTSD Experience Less Pain Sensitivity

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder show reduced pain sensitivity, a pattern that may be related //to altered pain processing in the brain, according to a report. ....Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may occur in individuals exposed to a traumatic event. It is characterized by chronic arousal, re-experience of the event, and avoidance of stimuli related t...

Severe PTSD Damages Children's Brains: Study

Severe stress can damage a child's brain, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard //Children's Hospital. The researchers found that children with post-traumatic stress disorder and high levels of the stress hormone cortisol were likely to experience a decrease in the size of the hippocampus - a brain structure important in memory processing and emotion. ....

All Forms of Ill Treatment Cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD

A study report based on detainee interrogations finds that forms of ill treatment during captivity that do not involve physical pain—such as psychological// manipulation, deprivation, humiliation and forced stress position also cause as much mental distress and traumatic stress as physical torture. ....Most widely accepted definitions of torture encompass both physical and mental pain and suffer...

BP and Prostate Problems Drug Effective in Treating PTSD Nightmares

A generic drug already used for high blood pressure and prostate problems has been found to improve// sleep and lessen nightmares in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ...."This is the first drug that has been demonstrated effective for PTSD nightmares and sleep disruption," said Murray A. Raskind, MD, executive director of the mental health service at the Veterans Affairs Puge...

VA Should Revise Its Methods for Evaluating PTSD in Ex-military Personnel

To ensure more consistent and appropriate disability compensation for veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs to revise how it evaluates former military personnel for service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and determines the payment amounts they merit, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. ......A surge in the numbe...
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