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Brain Injury Increases PTSD Risk

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming to an end, but, as family members of service men and women know, soldiers don’t always return home unchanged and unharmed, even when there is not a scratch to be seen. A recent study took a look at how receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects a soldier’s risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later on.

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Posted in Drug Addiction

Veterans and Addiction – A Forgotten Consequence of War

As Veterans Day rolls around, we all take a moment to pay our respects to those who’ve fought for our freedom in both historical and current conflicts, but it’s easy to forget that veterans can’t leave the horrors of war on the battlefield. Drugs have been a part of war for centuries, and although in recent years prescription medicines have become a bigger issue than illicit ones, the problem of addiction among returning veterans is still a very real one. Finding out more about the problem, its history and the issues faced by soldiers fighting in present conflicts helps you understand the importance of getting more of our veterans into treatment.

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Opening Doors Once Closed by PTSD Stigma

Nearly 24 million people will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lifetime, and only half will seek treatment. Some hope that the nightmares, anxieties and other symptoms will dissolve on their own. Others fear that if family or employers knew of their mental stress they would be viewed unfavorably.

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Posted in Addiction Treatment

Topiramate Reduces PTSD Symptoms, Alcohol Cravings, Study Finds

Topiramate (Topamax) is a medication that, while originally intended for use as a seizure treatment, now sometimes plays a role in the treatment of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse). Significant numbers of the people affected by this disorder also have diagnosable cases of the mental health condition PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, an American research team used a small-scale project to evaluate the effectiveness of topiramate in individuals simultaneously impacted by alcohol use disorder and PTSD.

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The Link Between PTSD and Alcoholism

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious mental illness that typically develops after a traumatic or terrifying event. Much attention has been brought to the disease by the fact that many military men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have struggled with PTSD. These people, and others with the disorder, are also more likely than their peers to develop an alcohol abuse problem. Coping with PTSD and alcoholism together can be a double challenge and it can lead to a number of issues.

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Managing PTSD Symptoms While on the Job

People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be bothered by intrusive thoughts about their trauma, experience flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping because of nightmares or become hyper-vigilant so they’re not caught unawares again. These symptoms can make daily life a tremendous challenge. Consider how difficult it could be to make it through a simple workday when PTSD is part of the mix.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Retraumatizing in Sex Addiction

Addicts are particularly vulnerable to retraumatization because it allows them to check out, to live on autopilot. A case in point is Alexa, who, as an adult, set up the conditions to repeat the trauma she experienced in her childhood.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Tackling Alcohol, Trauma Problems at the Same Time Can be Beneficial

Some mental health problems tend to show up together. For example, it is not uncommon for people dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to also struggle with substance abuse. Alcoholism is a problem for around 30 percent of people with PTSD. Dealing with both problems at the same time has been considered risky because the primary treatment for PTSD, exposure therapy, requires patients to regularly confront disturbing memories. Being forced to think about trauma was considered a trigger for renewed drinking in order to cope.

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PTSD Nightmares Eased by Blood Pressure Medicine

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a well-known mental health problem that can arise a month or more after a person goes through some sort of severe or overwhelming physical/mental event. Roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults will experience symptoms of the disorder at some point in time. One of the most common symptoms of PTSD is the onset of highly realistic nightmares that echo one or more aspects of the trauma(s) that initially trigger a severe stress reaction. According to the results of an extensive study review conducted in 2012 by the researchers at the Mayo Clinic, use of a common high blood pressure medication called prazosin can significantly reduce the frequency of PTSD-related nightmares.

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Breaking the Silence

by Carolyn Hughes

Have you ever wondered why abuse victims stay silent? Or why families keep secrets that are passed down through generations? Here’s my story of how two major events in my own childhood were never discussed and why I eventually chose to break the silence.

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