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Work-related PTSD in nurses
A recent Journal of Clinical Nursing analysis of published studies examined the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among nurses and identified factors associated with work-related PTSD among nurses. (2020-05-06)

PTSD may negatively affect sex life satisfaction in male and female veterans
New research reveals that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was a strong, negative predictor of sexual satisfaction in both male and female veterans who returned from warzones in recent Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. (2016-06-03)

Posttraumatic stress can have profound effects on sexual health
Although sexual dysfunction is not a specific symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is a frequent complaint among trauma survivors. The Journal of Sexual Medicine review finds that PTSD-related biological and cognitive processes may contribute to the development of sexual dysfunction following traumatic stress. (2015-04-07)

Geisinger study: PTSD causes early death from heart disease
A study by noted Geisinger PTSD researcher Joseph Boscarino sheds dramatic new light on the link between PTSD and heart disease. In a study in the July issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, Boscarino finds that Vietnam veterans with PTSD suffered higher rates of heart disease death than veterans without PTSD. (2008-07-07)

Does PTSD affect heart disease and cancer risk?
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as the metabolic syndrome, in a new study. In the Journal of Neuroscience Research study of 84 individuals diagnosed with PTSD (39 victims of terrorist attacks and 45 victims of other traumatic events), males were more likely to have circulatory and metabolic complications, whereas females had a higher prevalence of benign and malignant cancers. (2019-01-09)

Exposure to trauma impacts ability to squash bad memories
People exposed to trauma are less able to suppress unwanted emotional memories due to neural and behavioral disruptions in their brain that may contribute to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2019-03-04)

Reduced activity of a brain protein linked to post-traumatic stress disorder
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have reduced activity of the protein serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in their prefrontal cortices, and experimentally reducing the protein's activity in rats leads to PTSD-like behavior, according to a new study. The study by Pawel Licznerski, Ronald Duman and colleagues at Yale University publishing in the open-access journal PLOS Biology on Oct. 27, suggests that augmenting activity of SGK1 may be therapeutic in PTSD. (2015-10-27)

Suicide risk elevated after traumatic events, even in partial PTSD
People who suffer psychological reactions to a traumatic event but do not have full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) still have clinically significant symptomatology and impairment, according to a study published in the September 2001 American Journal of Psychiatry, the monthly scientific journal of the American Psychiatric Association. (2001-09-04)

Veterans with PTSD have an increased 'fight or flight' response
Young veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an increased 'fight or flight' response during mental stress, according to new findings published this week in The Journal of Physiology. (2017-05-14)

Pivotal study finds link between PTSD and dementia
Results of a study reported in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggest that Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a greater risk for dementia than veterans without PTSD, even those who suffered traumatic injuries during combat. (2010-09-02)

Therapeutic riding programs help veterans cope with PTSD
In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often are prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks after THR. Results show that therapeutic horseback riding may be a clinically effective intervention for alleviating PTSD symptoms in military veterans. (2018-02-08)

Some patients with dementia may experience delayed-onset PTSD
Delayed-onset post-traumatic symptoms in the elderly may be misdiagnosed as falling under the umbrella of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), according to a recent review. (2017-07-07)

Media exposure and sympathetic nervous system reactivity predict PTSD symptoms in adolescents
In a Depression and Anxiety study that surveyed youth following the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston marathon, adolescents with lower levels of sympathetic reactivity before the attack developed post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms only following high exposure to media coverage of the attack. Adolescents with high levels of sympathetic reactivity developed higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms regardless of how much media coverage they saw. (2014-08-04)

BU finds PTSD nearly doubles infection risk
A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study is the first to examine the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dozens of infection types in a nationwide cohort. Published in the journal Epidemiology, it is also the first to find that PTSD affects infection risks for men and women differently, having, for example, more of an effect on a woman's risk of urinary tract infection and a man's risk of skin infection. (2019-10-15)

Chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in women linked to history of rape, child abuse
A Florida State University clinical psychologist has identified factors that could cause some women with post-traumatic stress disorder to have chronic, persistent symptoms while others recover naturally over time. (2011-11-29)

Federal legislation ignores PTSD toll on civilians
Federal laws explicitly addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have overwhelmingly focused on the needs of military personnel and veterans, according to a new analysis. The study is the first to examine how public policy has been used to address psychological trauma and PTSD in the US, providing a glimpse of how lawmakers think about these issues. (2014-11-11)

Post-traumatic stress disorder associated with dementia among older veterans
Older veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear more likely to develop dementia over a seven-year period than those without PTSD, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-06-07)

Post-traumatic stress related to medical problems
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have more medical problems that bring them to the doctor's office than their peers without PTSD, according to a new study. (2001-09-24)

Women with more PTSD symptoms appear at higher risk for type 2 diabetes
Women with the most symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder appear to have a nearly two-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus compared to women not exposed to trauma, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2015-01-07)

Reducing sessions of trauma-focused psychotherapy does not affect effectiveness
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients treated with as few as five sessions of trauma-focused psychotherapy find it equally effective as receiving 12 sessions. (2018-01-17)

Book offers resources for PTSD sufferers
Close to 5.2 million adults experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year. And it can affect anyone -- from war veterans and abuse victims to persons directly or indirectly traumatized by violence, natural disaster or other catastrophes. In her latest book, What Nurses Know . . . PTSD, Binghamton University researcher, Mary Muscari, provides a holistic view of this potentially debilitating illness, providing PTSD sufferers and their friends and family with a better understanding of the disorder and what to do about it. (2012-09-11)

Researchers find novel drug target for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
A team of researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine has identified a promising therapeutic target in the brain, serotonin 1B, that could lead to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the first evidence of a potential drug target for the condition. (2011-09-05)

Dual treatments help PTSD and depression
Reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression - an urgent concern in the era of COVID-19 lockdown and isolation traumas - may benefit from dual treatments rather than a single treatment protocol, according to Flinders University researchers. (2021-02-04)

VA and BUSM researchers discover dissociative subtype of post-traumatic stress disorder
A recent study by Erika J. Wolf, Ph.D., and principal investigator Mark W. Miller, Ph.D., both from the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, found an association between post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociation. (2012-07-02)

Veterans and civilian patients at risk of ICU-related PTSD up to a year post discharge
One in ten patients is at risk of having new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their ICU experience up to a year post-discharge. This was the finding from a multicenter, prospective cohort research study of veterans and civilians. The research was published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2016-01-07)

Maternal posttraumatic stress disorder associated with increased risk for child maltreatment
Posttraumatic stress disorder in mothers appears to be associated with an increased risk for child maltreatment beyond that associated with maternal depression, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-09-02)

Shooting, gang violence exposure leads to PTSD
The violence that women in disadvantaged neighborhoods experience and witness can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and full diagnoses, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined a disadvantaged Chicago neighborhood. (2016-12-08)

Which symptoms of PTSD do the most damage?
In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder, not all symptoms are created equal. In an effort to better treat PTSD, a study is the first to examine which problems associated with PTSD actually correspond to lower quality of life, as indicated by the patient's willingness to die sooner or to risk life-threatening treatment to relieve their symptoms. (2011-03-01)

Study examines how social support affects mental health after a natural disaster
A new Journal of Traumatic Stress study found that social support may have helped alleviate depressive symptoms for displaced and nondisplaced residents who survived Hurricane Katrina. (2018-04-05)

Study reveals areas of the brain impacted by PTSD
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System are one step closer to understanding the specific nature of brain changes associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings, which appear in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, may lead to better diagnosis and treatment of the condition. (2017-01-20)

Psychological therapies improve life for children with post-traumatic stress disorder
Children suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of traumatic events, including child abuse, may benefit from psychological therapies, according to a review published in The Cochrane Library. In the first systematic review of PTSD in young people, researchers found that children and teenagers diagnosed with PTSD showed signs of improvement up to three months following treatment and called for more studies to assess long-term benefits. (2012-12-11)

Predicting post-traumatic stress disorders in deployed veterans
Canada's peacekeepers suffer similar rates of post-traumatic stress disorders as combat, war-zone soldiers, according to research out of London, Canada. Dr. J. Donald Richardson and his co-investigators also found that PTSD rates and severity were associated with younger age, single marital status and deployment frequency. (2007-12-13)

Cannabis could help alleviate depression and suicidality among people with PTSD
Cannabis may be helping Canadians cope with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. (2019-11-05)

Anxiety, mood disorders put cancer patients at risk for PTSD
Breast cancer patients who have a prior history of mood and anxiety disorders are at a much higher risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder following their diagnosis, new research suggests. A study of 74 breast cancer patients at the Ohio State University Medical Center found that 16 percent of them suffered from PTSD 18 months after diagnosis. (2008-05-05)

Patients with PTSD experience less pain sensitivity -- may be related to altered processing
Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder show reduced pain sensitivity, a pattern that may be related to altered pain processing in the brain, according to a report in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-01-01)

Understanding acute, chronic posttraumatic stress symptoms
Little is understood about how posttraumatic stress symptoms develop over time into the syndrome of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2016-12-14)

Unique patterns of brain activity predict treatment responses in patients with PTSD
A neuroimaging study of 184 patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has identified unique patterns of brain activity that predict poorer responses to talk therapy (or psychotherapy), the current gold standard and only effective treatment for addressing PTSD. (2019-04-03)

Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
A small study suggests that adults whose parents are Holocaust survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder appear to have lower average levels of the stress hormone cortisol than the adult offspring of parents without PTSD, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-09-03)

Letters from home may help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder in happily married soldiers
A new study from the Journal of Traumatic Stress finds that for active-duty male soldiers in the US Army who are happily married, communicating frequently with one's spouse through letters and emails during deployment may protect against the development of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after returning home. (2011-06-03)

PTSD associated with more, longer hospitalizations
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with more hospitalizations, longer hospitalizations and greater mental healthcare utilization in urban primary care patients. These findings appear in the current issue of Medical Care. (2008-03-27)

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