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Combining Therapies Could Help PTSD Patients More

Every week, it seems, there are new reports about the dangers and traumas related to the war in Afghanistan. As our military presence there dwindles over the next two years, more and more combat-weary soldiers will be returning home. Many of those men and women will bring home invisible wounds in the form of PTSD.

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Recurring Images of Trauma Can Affect Your Health

When scud missiles were aimed at Israel, reporters were on hand with cameras so that the whole world could watch as families put on gas masks and waited in homes and apartments not knowing what would happen. When terrorists slammed airplanes into office buildings and the U.S. Pentagon on 9/11, television audiences were riveted for […]

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Firing Off What They Would Rather Forget

As we celebrated with barbecues and picnics this 4th of July, we remember why we commemorate the holiday. But for some, the way we celebrate could bring uncomfortable flashbacks to those who have been in actual combat.

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A Knight to Remember: PTSD and Trauma After the Colorado Shootings

A night planned with family and friends to celebrate a favorite comic book hero became a night of unexpected horror. At the midnight opening of The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, CO, a gunman sprayed the audience with gunfire, killing at least a dozen people and injuring close to 70 more.

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Childhood Trauma As A “Profound” Predictor of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

A study of police recruits found that a history of childhood trauma along with certain genetic factors could predict whether a person would develop Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome after working as a police officer. Childhood trauma is a "profound" predictor of the syndrome, according to the authors.

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New Aspect of PTSD Examined in Study

Treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging. The symptoms can have wide variation and severity, and a treatment plan that results in a positive outcome for one patient may be ineffective for another. However, some of the symptoms can be unsettling to even terrifying and affect a patient’s life in a severe way.

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Child Abuse Impairs an Individual Long Past Childhood

The effects of child abuse do not disappear when the child becomes an adult. In fact, a recent study using the brain scans of abuse victims reveals that chronic stress levels caused by child abuse can severely damage adult bodies and minds. Those who have been abused as children face a greater risk of psychological […]

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Childhood Trauma Linked to PTSD in Police Officers

An experience of childhood trauma can have significant consequences throughout life. Previous studies have confirmed a link between childhood trauma and cognitive problems that extend throughout development.

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PTSD Affects Immune System in Veterans

Those who return from a deployment often suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of the disorder are commonly treated using different strategies involving therapy to address the anxiety, sleep disruption and other psychological problems stemming from the disorder.

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Kids Directly Exposed to School Shootings More at Risk for PTSD

The recent school shooting outside Cleveland has left many students traumatized after three students were killed and two others were injured, according to a recent news article. Even if a student was not physically injured in the mayhem, they still may suffer the psychological scars of grief and guilt.

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