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Can Magnetic Resonance Therapy Heal PTSD?

Many military personnel returning from the Middle East are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some believe that a therapeutic technique called magnetic resonance therapy, or MRT, can help them heal. Although research on the effectiveness of this type of treatment is scarce and inconclusive, many veterans are coming forward to tell their stories …

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Unlike PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder Doesn’t Damage Brain

Unlike the related condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder does not appear to damage the brain’s structure, according to new findings from a team of Hungarian and Israeli researchers. Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a diagnosable mental health condition that appears within the first 30 days of exposure to a highly traumatic …

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Traumatized Women Far More Likely to Develop PTSD Than Men

When subjected to similar types of trauma, women are several times more likely to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later on than men. It has been known for quite some time that women have an elevated risk for this chronic life-altering condition, but new research has quantified this risk and found it to …

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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 …

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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 …

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Surviving and Thriving After Trauma: An Interview With Michele Rosenthal

Michele Rosenthal has turned her personal experience with post-traumatic stress disorder into an extensive body of work, one that provides her insights into healing on almost every platform imaginable. The award-winning blogger — she founded HealMyPTSD.com — bestselling author, former faculty member of the Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, and host of the radio program …

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Combination of PTSD, Substance Abuse Leads to Aggression in Many Veterans

Military veterans are one of the groups most likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Substantial numbers of veterans affected by PTSD also have diagnosable symptoms of substance use disorder (substance abuse and/or substance addiction). In a study published in 2014 in the journal Mental Health and Substance Use, a team of American …

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VA Sued Over Handling of Sexual Trauma Claims

Two veterans’ advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), claiming the organization discriminates against former service personnel with medical problems related to sexual assault or harassment. According to representatives from the Service Women’s Action Network and the Vietnam Veterans of America, when veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by sexual trauma …

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