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With PTSD, Not All Trauma Is Caused By War

If you were to ask someone to name a group of people who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the answer would most likely be war veterans. And while it’s true that veterans are at substantial risk for PTSD, war is not the only cause.

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Reproductive Cycle Causes More Psychiatric Problems in Female Veterans

Recent findings from a team of American researchers point to unique mental health needs for female veterans, many of which stem from changes in reproductive health.

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Why Do People With PTSD Have Nightmares?

Recent findings from a team of British researchers point to multiple factors that may contribute to the onset of unwanted, distressing memories in people with PTSD.

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Gender, Sexual Assault History Have No Bearing on PTSD Treatment Outcomes

New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that a military veteran’s gender and history of sexual assault exposure have no measurable impact on the initial severity of PTSD symptoms or the likelihood of recovering from those symptoms after treatment.

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PTSD Weighs More Heavily on Mental Health Than Co-Occurring Problems

Recent findings from a team of Brazilian researchers indicate that severe PTSD has a primary damaging impact on health-related quality of life, even in those individuals also affected by other significant mental health issues.

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Brain Imaging Helps Separate PTSD From Traumatic Brain Injury

A new study has shown that brain scans could help doctors distinguish between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in patients suffering from symptoms that are characteristic of both conditions. Both PTSD and TBI can occur during traumatic incidents and can result in debilitating, life-changing symptoms. It isn’t always easy to tell which condition a patient has or if he has both. With new diagnostic techniques, physicians will be better able to diagnose, treat and help their patients.

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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 about success with MRT. The limited evidence is enough for the government to begin clinical trials.

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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 event or situation capable of overwhelming the body’s natural stress regulation mechanisms. In a study published in March 2015 in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, researchers from four Hungarian institutions and one Israeli institution sought to determine if people affected by ASD experience the same changes in brain structure that characterize PTSD. These researchers found no evidence of such structural change.

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Surgery Risk Factor for PTSD in Older Adults

New findings from a team of German researchers identify the use of general anesthesia during surgery as a PTSD risk factor for older adults, especially in individuals who develop a condition called postoperative delirium.

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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 be even more significant than had previously been assumed.

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