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A New Definition of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is serious mental health condition associated with exposure to an event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope successfully with high levels of stress. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guidebook referenced by the vast majority of America’s mental health professionals, once listed PTSD as a form of […]

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Exposure Therapy Helps Prevent PTSD, Study Finds

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is an anxiety disorder that, in some respects, closely resembles another anxiety-related condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, the majority of people who initially develop ASD in the aftermath of a traumatic event later go on to develop diagnosable cases of PTSD. Psychotherapists who treat acute stress disorder can […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Silent Epidemic?

The diagnosis of PTSD has gained media attention regarding veterans returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan such that a basic knowledge and understanding of this disorder has become mainstream. The average person on the street has at least heard of the disorder and has some idea about what the symptoms are and perhaps even […]

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Danish Study Challenges Previous Thinking About PTSD

For most of us, the images of battle are so gut-wrenching that we have little difficulty believing that they could traumatize soldiers deeply. Post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers has been given lots of attention and funding since the United States has been sending thousands of young men and women off to multiple battlefronts in recent […]

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View of One’s Role in Trauma Impacts Development of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often occurs following an experience or the witnessing of a highly-stressful, traumatic event. An act of violence, a severe injury or the witnessing of a fatal car accident are all examples of the types of tragedy that may result in a case of PTSD.

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New Study May Help Make Bad Memories a Thing of the Past

Countless hours and an enormous amount of money have been spent on helping those who have experienced traumatic situations get past their emotional scars. What if, in the not so distant future, scientists found a way to help those who have experienced such trauma forget their awful memories? According to a new Belgium study, that […]

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A Genetic Link May Put Some Families at More Risk For PTSD And Depression

Scientists are researching why some people who have experienced trauma develop PTSD and others do not. Out of a group of people who witness the exact same scene of murder or natural disaster, only part of that group may later experience the symptoms of PTSD while others recover from the trauma more quickly. Scientists want […]

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New Study Reveals PTSD Can Affect Driving Ability

Most of us who commute to and from work know how stressful the drive can be but we don’t know what it’s like to drive through a military war zone. Many war veterans are experiencing this difficult transition as they return to driving the streets in the United States after time spent in Iraq or […]

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Signs of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Escalate During Holidays

Not wanting to sit where they can’t see the door. Not wanting to mingle and socialize or avoiding social gatherings altogether. These are common symptoms for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that may be especially escalated during the holiday season.

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Reactions to Fearful Faces May Predict which Soldiers Get Post-Traumatic Stress

One way of predicting which soldiers will experience post-traumatic stress syndrome may be by tracking their reactions to fear, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

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