PTSD

Low-income Pregnant Women in Rural Areas Experience High Levels of Stress: Mothers’ and Babies’ Health at Risk

Low-income Pregnant Women in Rural Areas Experience High Levels of Stress: Mothers’ and Babies’ Health at Risk

A new study indicates low-income pregnant women in rural areas experience high levels of stress yet lack appropriate means to manage their emotional and physical well-being.

Substance-Use Disorders Linked to Increased Risk of Death for Veterans with PTSD

Substance-Use Disorders Linked to Increased Risk of Death for Veterans with PTSD

Association between drug, alcohol problems and mortality most prominent in younger veterans with PTSD, including those from Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who are also battling drug or alcohol problems face a higher risk of death, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor […]

Reducing Post-Traumatic Stress After ICU

Reducing Post-Traumatic Stress After ICU

Women are more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress than men after leaving an intensive care unit (ICU), finds a new study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Critical Care. However, psychological and physical ‘follow-up’ can reduce both this and post-ICU depression.

US Army Considers Why Some Soldiers Avoid PTSD Care, And Strategies For Continued Treatment

US Army Considers Why Some Soldiers Avoid PTSD Care, And Strategies For Continued Treatment

Currently, fewer than half of the Soldiers who report symptoms of combat-related PTSD receive the care they need. And of those Soldiers who do start treatment, between 20 percent and 50 percent walk away before its completion.

Suicidal Thoughts Linked To Experiences Of War Time Killing For Vietnam-era Veterans

Suicidal Thoughts Linked To Experiences Of War Time Killing For Vietnam-era Veterans

New research published this month in Depression and Anxiety considers the link between killing in war time and later suicidal thoughts in Vietnam-era veterans. The study discovered veterans were twice as likely to have reported suicidal thoughts if they had faced more direct experience involving killing, that those veterans who had few to no experiences of killing. For the purpose of this study, researchers defined four variables to evaluate the ‘experience of killing’; these include killing enemy soldiers, prisoners general civilians and killing or injuring women, children or the elderly.

Emergency Dispatch Operators At Risk For PTSD

Emergency Dispatch Operators At Risk For PTSD

New research released in the recent edition of the Journal of Traumatic Stress has uncovered many emergency dispatch operators are at risk of developing PTSD. The report suggests emergency call operators experience a significantly higher level of emotional distress, due to the nature of their jobs. It is clear that there is a need to provide emergency call operators with similar prevention and intervention support programs as as provided to their colleagues who serve on the front lines.

Genetic Clues To PTSD?

Genetic Clues To PTSD?

New research released today in PLoS ONE could help to find new treatment options for people suffering from high anxiety disorders such as PTSD. Using mice, researchers at Rutgers have identified genetic clues which pinpoint why some are more resilient to traumatic experiences, while others are still fearful once removed from potentially dangerous situations.

Heightened Activity In Same Brain Areas of Maltreated Children and Combat Soldiers

Heightened Activity In Same Brain Areas of Maltreated Children and Combat Soldiers

Collaborative research undertaken by UCL and the Anna Freud Centre has found that children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of brain activity as soldiers who have been exposed to combat violence.

A History of Rape Or Child Abuse Can Lead To Chronic PTSD In Women

A History of Rape Or Child Abuse Can Lead To Chronic PTSD In Women

A new study released by Florida State University has discovered certain risk factors for the development of chronic PTSD in women. The risk factors include a history of rape or server childhood physical abuse. Additionally, women who reported more ‘rexperiencing’ symptoms, such as nightmares or flash backs to their trauma, were more likely to suffer the persistent effects of PTSD for a longer period of time.

Transcendental Meditation Could Reduce PTSD Symptoms In Veterans

Transcendental Meditation Could Reduce PTSD Symptoms In Veterans

New research conducted by Normal Rosenthal explores the benefits of transcendental meditation for recent war veterans suffering from symptoms of PTSD. The research suggests a 50% reduction in PTSD symptoms for veterans who practise Transcendental Meditation techniques for at least 8 weeks. The study discovered that those who practiced Transcendental Meditation also had a significant reduction in symptoms of stress and depression, as well as reporting improvements in interpersonal relationships and their quality of life.

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