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Sleep Increases Risk of Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome

If you stay awake after a disturbing or threatening event instead of “sleeping on it,” you will be less likely to develop posttraumatic stress syndrome, according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Study Helps Predict Reactions to Trauma in Police Officers

When examining cases of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), we often think in terms of veterans who have been through periods of intense war. One often overlooked group of individuals who are also prone to PTSD are police officers.

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Cognitive or Exposure Therapy Helps Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

People who are exposed to trauma are less likely to develop posttraumatic stress syndrome if they undergo therapy with a counselor or trauma-focused exposure therapy, according to a new study from Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. Medication alone did not prevent the condition, and worked less well than doing nothing.

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Patients with Orthopedic Trauma Often Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is most commonly associated with those who were involved in war combat, but it can affect civilians as well. According to an article on MD News, 20 to 51 percent of patients with orthopedic injuries commonly experience PTSD.

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Women Veterans Suffering from PTSD More Often Than Men

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is becoming increasingly diagnosed among women today. Research now shows that women are two times as likely to experience PTSD as men. Women soldiers serving in different areas of combat are struggling with what they went through when and how to cope with it when they finally return home.

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New Screening Tool a More Accurate Predictor of PTSD

A new tool for more accurately predicting cases of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now available following more than 10 years of study. It is called the NY PTSD Risk Score. There have been previous tests for assessing PTSD risk. One such test, the Primary Care PTSD Screen, has been used by the Department […]

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PTSD Linked to Premature Birth

Researchers from the University of Michigan have identified a link between women suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and premature or underweight births. In women, PTSD is most often triggered by war experiences, rape, catastrophe, and significant to this study – occasions of childhood abuse.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Seen in Those Suffering from Traumatic Experiences

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD, doesn’t just occur to those involved in a traumatic military experience anymore.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) linked to Trauma from Natural Disasters

Studies show that over the past 40 years there is a significant problem with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among those who went through a disaster. A recent study from the University of Michigan shows that it isn’t just victims of a disaster that struggle in the aftermath but also the rescue workers. Both may experience […]

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Strange Case of Woman with Brain Damage May be Key to Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Twenty years ago a young Iowa woman (S.M.) suffered from a rare disease that destroyed a part of her brain, the amygdala. Ever since then, she has been unable to feel fear. Snakes, spiders, horror films and haunted houses cannot faze her. Once, while being held at knife point, she told the man who was […]

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