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Findings suggest possible clinical uses of ecstasy in treating anxiety and PTSD

Findings suggest possible clinical uses of ecstasy in treating anxiety and PTSD

Brain imaging experiments have revealed for the first time how ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria in users. [More]

College students who have symptoms of PTSD are likely to drink more alcohol

The estimated 9 percent of college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers without the psychological condition. In turn, heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates their PTSD symptoms over time, prolonging a vicious cycle. [More]
HDAC2 inhibitor could improve post-traumatic stress disorder treatment: Study

HDAC2 inhibitor could improve post-traumatic stress disorder treatment: Study

Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, a condition marked by severe anxiety stemming from a traumatic event such as a battle or violent attack. [More]

Psychiatry professor wins Presidential Early Career Award for research on post-traumatic stress disorder

Katherine Iverson, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, has been named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. [More]
Prolonged exposure therapy shows greater benefit adolescent girls with sexually abused PTSD

Prolonged exposure therapy shows greater benefit adolescent girls with sexually abused PTSD

Adolescents girls with sexual abuse-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced greater benefit from prolonged exposure therapy (a type of therapy that has been shown effectiveness for adults) than from supportive counseling, according to a study appearing in the December 25 issue of JAMA. [More]

Prolonged exposure therapy shows greater success for treating adolescent PTSD patients

Researchers at Penn Medicine report in the December 25 issue of JAMA that a modified form of prolonged exposure therapy - in which patients revisit and recount aloud their trauma-related thoughts, feelings and situations - shows greater success than supportive counseling for treating adolescent PTSD patients who have been sexually abused. [More]

U.S. Marines investigate association between traumatic brain injury and risk of PTSD

In a novel study of U.S. Marines investigating the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over time, a team of scientists led by researchers from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that TBIs suffered during active-duty deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan were the greatest predictor for subsequent PTSD, but found pre-deployment PTSD symptoms and high combat intensity were also significant factors. [More]

Studies expose high prevalence of epilepsy and other neurological disorders in US Veterans

Three studies coming out of the American Epilepsy Society's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington DC expose the high prevalence of epilepsy and other neurological disorders in US Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The research conducted from these studies indicate that veterans are at a particularly high risk for traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, psychological non-epileptic seizures and epileptic seizure diagnoses. [More]
ART safe and effective for treating combat-related symptoms of PTSD among veterans

ART safe and effective for treating combat-related symptoms of PTSD among veterans

Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, is a brief, safe, and effective treatment for combat-related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and U.S. service members, researchers at University of South Florida College of Nursing report in a new study. They found this newer treatment -- a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and use of eye movements -- was shorter and more likely to be completed, than conventional therapies formally endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. [More]

Internet based intervention proves effective for people with PTSD, grief after loss of child during pregnancy

A paper published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on the usefulness of an internet based intervention on people who experienced grief after loss of a child during pregnancy. [More]
Study examines correlation between polyunsaturated fatty acids in blood and risk of PTSD

Study examines correlation between polyunsaturated fatty acids in blood and risk of PTSD

A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has examined the correlation between polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder. [More]
Western University research points to promising avenue for PTSD treatment

Western University research points to promising avenue for PTSD treatment

Pioneering research conducted at Western University (London, Canada) points to a promising avenue for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: utilising neurofeedback training to alter the plasticity of brain networks linked to the condition. [More]

Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD affects underlying biology of the disorder

A new paper published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder not only reduces symptoms but also affects the underlying biology of this disorder. [More]
Long-term untreated PTSD symptoms may increase risk of cardiovascular health

Long-term untreated PTSD symptoms may increase risk of cardiovascular health

There is growing concern that long-term untreated posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms may increase the risk of developing a number of medical problems, particularly compromised cardiovascular health. [More]

Children of PTSD afflicted mothers are at high risk of developing this disorder

‚ÄčA Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) study indicates that children are more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if their mother is already afflicted. [More]

Inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing prefrontal interneurons triggers fear behaviours

Using an approach combining in vivo recordings and optogenetic manipulations in mice, the researchers succeeded in showing that the inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing prefrontal interneurons triggers a chain reaction resulting in fear behaviour. Conversely, activation of these parvalbumin interneurons significantly reduces fear responses in rodents. [More]

Many Boston-area military veterans psychologically affected by Boston Marathon Bombing

According to a new study, many Boston-area military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder experienced flashbacks, unwanted memories and other psychological effects as a result of the Boston Marathon Bombing in April 2013. [More]

Researchers use voxel-based morphometry method to study brain structure in PTSD

Wars, earthquakes, major traffic accidents, and terrorist attacks may bring about profound spiritual pains, and even cause extreme fear and helplessness for people that have experienced or witnessed these unusual threats or disasters. [More]

Early-life stress suspected to contribute to development of chronic pain in adulthood

Childhood neglect and abuse, whether physical or psychological, confers a lifetime vulnerability to stress, anxiety, and mood problems. Such early-life stress is also suspected to contribute to the development of chronic pain in adulthood. [More]

Lifestyle of veterans influences their post-deployment wellness

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness. [More]