Trauma and PTSD

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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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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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Feelings of Defeat, Entrapment Predict Suicide Risk in PTSD Sufferers

A team of British researchers has concluded that the presence of two related emotions—defeat and entrapment—is a prominent source of suicidal risk in post-traumatic stress disorder patients. People affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have heightened chances of thinking about suicide and making suicide attempts. This fact holds true even when the impact of co-existing […]

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Recovery From Physical Injury Helps Resolve PTSD Symptoms

People affected by PTSD and certain other mental health problems may see a substantial reduction or complete resolution of their symptoms if they recover from related physical health issues, according to recent results published by a team of American researchers. Serious, potentially life-threatening physical health problems are known for their ability to act as triggers […]

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‘Mini-Stroke’ Can Lead to PTSD

New information from a team of researchers in Germany and the United Kingdom suggests that patients who experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often known as a “mini-stroke,” are at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Is There a Link Between Prescription Opioid Abuse and PTSD Severity?

Prescription opioid abuse is the collective term for both the misuse of opioid medications by legitimate prescription recipients and any form of opioid medication use by people without a legitimate prescription. In the U.S., people participate in this form of prescription drug abuse fairly often. In a study published in May 2014 in The American […]

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