Who Is Most Likely to Recover From PTSD Without Treatment?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the diagnosis that mental health professionals use to identify people who experience a serious, relatively long-term adverse reaction to exposure to potentially life-threatening situations. In the worst-case scenario, the symptoms of this disorder can continue to exert their damaging effects for decades. In a study review published in 2014 in…

Loving Interactions Decrease Impact of PTSD, Brain Scans Find

People affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) commonly experience symptoms that include prominently negative states of mind and an inability to control fearful emotions associated with the built-in human “fight-or-flight” response. In a study published in November 2014 in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Exeter looked…

Similar Brain Activity Seen in Behavioral Addiction, Substance Addiction and Obesity

When in the presence of food, people affected by obesity demonstrate similar brain activity as that of people addicted to substances, researchers report. Obesity is a physical condition defined by a relative body weight high enough to pose serious risks to health and well-being. Rates of this condition are increasing throughout the U.S. and across…