Service Dogs May Help In The Rehabilitation Of Veterans With PTSD

An ongoing study by Purdue University revealed how veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder may benefit from using service dogs. The research aims to understand the physiological and behavioral processes, PTSD symptoms, and service dogs in general. 

Public Health May 28, 2019

PTSD May Be Diagnosed Using AI That Analyzes Voice

What people say and how they say it reveal a lot about their minds. With this, scientists discover a way to detect PTSD using vocal cues and an AI tool.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 23, 2019

Psychedelic Drug MDMA May Help Treat PTSD

MDMA, an active ingredient of the drug ecstasy, could help treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. A mice trial showed that MDMA reopened the brain’s critical period responsible for memory and learning social behaviors.

Medicine April 9, 2019

Anesthesia May Help Take Away Painful Memories Of PTSD Patients

A new study shows that anesthesia can help lessen the sting of painful memories. Researchers hope that their findings eventually lead to an effective treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medicine March 22, 2019

What To Know About Veterans With PTSD Before Lighting Up The Firecrackers This Holiday Season

Can firecrackers trigger PTSD among veterans? What are some important things to know before lighting up the firecrackers this new year.

Feature | Health December 31, 2018

DOD Sponsored Research Shows Meditation Can Help People With PTSD

Transcendental meditation might soon be offered as an alternative to exposure therapy for military veterans who suffer from PTSD. With the aid of medication, transcendental meditation has been proven to reduce symptoms of the disorder.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 16, 2018

Study Shows 'Higher Levels Of PTSD' Affecting More Veterans

Researchers from the UK found that the rate of probable PTSD among military personnel increased in the past two years. The increase was mostly noticed among ex-servicing military personnel deplyed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Public Health October 9, 2018

Suburban Mom Who Robbed 12 Homes Blames PTSD For Two-Day Crime Spree

A stay-at-home mom from Ohio was found guilty of stealing packages from 12 different homes. The woman claimed to have been suffering PTSD and that stealing the packages brought excitement to her life.

Public Health July 3, 2018

Intense Stress And Autoimmune Diseases: Trauma May Raise Risk Of Immune System Disorders

Trauma may increase a person's risk of developing autoimmune diseases by 36 percent. People who experienced severe emotional reaction as a result of stress can reduce their risk of developing immune system disorders. Here’s how.

Public Health June 20, 2018

Ariana Grande Suffers From PTSD, Caused By Manchester Arena Concert Bombing

Ariana Grande revealed that she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, due to the May 2017 terrorist attack that targeted her concert in Manchester Arena. PTSD is often linked to warfare, but the disorder is not limited to those situations.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 6, 2018

Party Drug Ecstasy May Help With PTSD Recovery, But With Dangerous Side Effects

Research revealed that ecstasy, more popularly known as a party drug, may help in the recovery of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Results from the new study are promising, but the treatment method comes with potentially dangerous side effects.

Medicine May 3, 2018

Having Unwanted Thoughts? Scientists Found The Brain Chemical Responsible

Scientists found that a chemical called GABA is the neurotransmitter responsible for suppressing unwanted thoughts. Participants with low hippocampal GABA were less able to suppress unwanted thoughts.

Neuroscience November 3, 2017

War Veteran Can Keep Ducks To Relieve PTSD: City Council

The West Lafayette city council voted to let a war veteran keep his ducks despite a city ordinance barring farm animals in properties. The war veteran takes care of the ducks as a form of therapy for his PTSD.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 23, 2017

PTSD Not Just A Mental Health Condition: Psychiatric Disorder May Also Have Physical Effects On The Brain

PTSD is considered a mental health condition but sufferers have bigger amygdala, a region in the brain linked to fear. What is behind these changes in the brain?

Neuroscience July 14, 2017

Here's How Veterans With PTSD Cope With Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July fireworks can cause panic attacks to veterans with PTSD. Here's what former combatants, their families and organizations do to avoid psychological stress on Independence Day.

Neuroscience July 4, 2017

4th Of July Celebration Fireworks May Trigger PTSD In Veterans

People usually enjoy festive 4th of July fireworks, but not everyone can enjoy it. Combat veterans tend to suffer from painful memories triggered by fireworks.

Public Health July 1, 2017

Most US Soldiers Dismissed For Misconduct Suffer From Mental Illness

GAO reported that 62 percent of U.S. soldiers who were discharged from military service were diagnosed with mental health conditions such as PTSD and TBI. How do servicemen cope with these conditions?

Neuroscience May 16, 2017

Climate Change Can Negatively Affect Mental Health, Says Study

New research finds that climate change can affect mental health negatively. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and eco-anxiety are just some of the mental health issues incited by climate change.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 4, 2017

Opioid Abuse Linked To Emotional Abuse During Childhood: Study

In a new study, emotional abuse appeared to be more strongly tied to opioid addiction than physical and sexual abuse as well as other forms of maltreatment. The authors call for a more integrated treatment of opioid abuse.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Teens With PTSD, Conduct Disorder Can Misidentify Facial Expressions, New Study Reveals

A new study has been conducted in the field of PTSD and conduct disorder. The research has revealed that teens suffering from these problems tend to misidentify facial expressions.

Public Health February 22, 2017

US Soldiers Dive With Sharks To Manage PTSD

Soldiers suffering from PTSD dive with sharks as a form of therapy. How does the experience emotionally and physically benefit soldiers suffering from pain and depression?

Neuroscience February 20, 2017

Researchers Find Link Between Estrogen Levels And PTSD

A new study has revealed that estrogen plays an important role in controlling post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The hormone protects the brain from trauma and even alters the pain perception.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 23, 2017

Ex-Microsoft Online Moderators Forced To Watch Child Porn Sue Company For Failing To Treat Their PTSD

Two former Microsoft employees are suing the company for failing to treat their post-traumatic stress disorder. The employees had to watch child pornography, gruesome murders, and other disturbing material as part of the job, which gave them PTSD.

Business Tech January 12, 2017

New MDMA Trials Moving Forward To Test Ecstasy As Treatment For PTSD

New research may have found a more efficient way of treating patients who suffer from PTSD: by using MDMA, which is ecstasy in its purest form. The assisted drug treatment could be approved by the FDA.

Medicine December 1, 2016

PTSD Manifests Differently In Brains Of Adolescent Boys And Girls: Study

Girls and boys have different reactions to PTSD. A new study suggests thatt gender plays an important role in understanding the way trauma has affected the brains of young people, which could improve differentiated treatment.

Medicine November 12, 2016

MRI Scans Of Children With PTSD Show Disruptions In Brain Structure

A study published by Chinese scientists suggested neural changes in the brain activity of PTSD patients. The study was carried on 47 children who experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 26, 2016

Human Trafficking Victims In UK Suffer From Mental Health Problems

Victims of human trafficking may suffer from high levels of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Latest study reveals that even in highly developed countries, human trafficking is still prevalent - making it a global problem.

Life April 16, 2016

Global Warming Threatens Mental Health: Climate Change May Increase Incidence Of PTSD And Depression

Climate change could lead to natural disasters that pose threats to mental health. The trauma and stress people are experiencing amid disasters could lead to mental health issues.

Life April 5, 2016

Mindfulness Training May Treat Veterans With PTSD

Mindfulness could change veterans’ brains. A new study said that it can increase their brain connections, and help them find the off-switch to that endless loop of negative thoughts.

Life April 4, 2016

Veterans Use Marijuana For PTSD Despite Limited Research

There is limited research to back up effectiveness of marijuana for PTSD but many veterans use pot. Experts said this places them at increased risk for cannabis use disorder.

Life March 23, 2016

Navy Backs Autism Screening App That May Help Find Signs Of PTSD

The U.S. Navy is supporting an autism screening app that can read and detect facial expressions. Through this capability, the app could be tweaked to also detect signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Life March 21, 2016

Nightmares Linked To Greater Risk For Suicidal Behavior In PTSD Patients

Researchers found that PTSD patients who experience nightmares have higher risk for suicidal behavior. Researchers theorize that nightmares and suicidal behaviors are representations of powerlessness, loss (defeat) and entrapment.

Life March 19, 2016

Can Yoga Help Individuals Deal Better With PTSD, Anxiety Or Depression?

Yoga has long been touted to promote well-being. Researchers, however, believe the practice is, at the moment, best used as complementary treatment rather than as standalone therapy.

Life March 11, 2016

Meditation Can Help Soldiers On Active Duty Manage And Reduce PTSD, Study Finds

Transcendental meditation can reduce the need for medications to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers report. Army clinic finds the technique can help active-duty personnel reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

Life January 14, 2016

PTSD And Dogs: How Service Dogs Help War Veterans Cope With Life After Service

Returning back to civilian life after living through war is not easy, leaving some war veterans scarred for life. Fortunately, experts believe that service dogs significantly help these PTSD patients cope with their new life.

Life December 23, 2015

PTSD In Veterans Can Emerge Years Later If Left Untreated, Study Finds

Post-traumatic stress disorder experienced after return from deployment can recede, but then come back even five years later. Findings suggest that the screening of returning veterans should continue for longer.

Life December 21, 2015

Good High? Psychedelic Drugs May Help Patients with Mental Health Disorders

Some illegal drugs may have therapeutic benefits to patients with mental health disorders. In small clinical trials, psychedelics such as LSD and magic mushrooms were found to help patients suffering from PTSD, addiction, depression and anxiety.

Life September 9, 2015

Ebola Survivors Battle Depression, PTSD, And Other Health Issues

The WHO reported a huge number of survivors from the Ebola outbreak that started late 2013. The patients are on the road to recovery but are facing some physical, mental and psychological issues.

Life August 10, 2015

Colorado Says PTSD Sufferers Not Eligible For Medical Marijuana

The Colorado Board of Health rejects the inclusion of PTSD from list of medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. According to the officials, the reason for the ineligibility of PTSD sufferers is the lack of scientific evidence.

Life July 16, 2015

'Tetris' May Ease Suffering Of PTSD Victims, Oxford Study Suggests

Post-traumatic stress disorder may be prevented or result in fewer symptoms in people playing 'Tetris' immediately after a traumatic event. How could this possibly work?

Life July 10, 2015

Playing Tetris Can Help PTSD Sufferers By Blocking Traumatic Flashbacks

Scientists conducted an experiment to compare the memories of Tetris players with non-Tetris players. They discovered that the game popularized in the 1980s can help reduce memory intrusiveness of traumatic events.

Life July 9, 2015

July 4th Fireworks May Cause Stress To Veterans With PTSD: Be Courteous

The loud noises of fireworks can cause frightening flashbacks for veterans suffering from PTSD, health experts explain. Fourth of July explosions can 'trigger you right back to something,' says one veteran.

Life July 2, 2015

Women With PTSD Face Higher Risk Of Heart Attack: Study

Traumatic events in women's lives can dramatically raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, new research shows. How serious is the connection, and what can be done to lower the risks?

Life June 30, 2015

Your Genes Can Change The Way You See Emotional Images

People with this common genetic variation literally see erotic and other emotionally charged images more clearly than people who do not have it. A recent study found the variation in about 50 percent of participants.

Life May 14, 2015

House Says No To VA Medical Marijuana Bill

An amendment was denied that could have allowed VA doctors to discuss medical marijuana with the veterans to treat medical conditions like PTSD. More than 20 states have already legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

Life May 4, 2015

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