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2011-06-28 07:20:00

BERKELEY, Calif., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Landfall Productions and independent filmmaker Eric Stacey today announced their independent feature film "Purple Mind," which is a family/war drama about an Iraq combat vet's return home and subsequent battle with PTSD, is set to break new ground and premier on an international stage to almost 700,000,000 computer screens via FlickLaunch, "the first global film distribution platform built on Facebook." Purple Mind recently won Best Actor...

2011-06-27 13:08:00

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the American Federation of Government Employees recognizes National PTSD Awareness Day and joins other organizations in the mission to garner greater awareness and additional services for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As our nation's men and women return home from war, all too often the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD can slip through the cracks because of inadequate staffing of mental health...

2011-06-08 21:36:05

New research has shown that children's risk for learning and behavior problems and obesity rises in correlation to their level of trauma exposure, says the psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital who oversaw the study. The findings could encourage physicians to consider diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder rather than attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which has similar symptoms to PTSD but very different treatment. The...

2011-06-03 13:16:28

A new study from the Journal of Traumatic Stress finds that for active-duty male soldiers in the U.S. Army who are happily married, communicating frequently with one's spouse through letters and emails during deployment may protect against the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms after returning home. After studying information from 193 married male Army soldiers who returned from military deployment within the past year, investigators found that more frequent spousal...

2011-06-01 15:14:56

Veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars showed a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after just eight weeks of practicing the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique, according to a pilot study published in the June 2011 issue of Military Medicine (Volume 176, Number 6). The study evaluated five veterans, ages 25- to 40-years-old, who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both from 10 months to two years involving moderate or heavy moderate...

2011-05-16 17:20:50

Virtual reality offers returning soldiers 'psychotherapy by computer' to treat PTSD For those soldiers worried about the stigma associated with seeing a therapist, virtual reality applications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be the alternative to the traditional "talk therapy." A new paper´, by Albert Rizzo from the University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, and his team, reviews how virtual reality...

2011-05-15 11:30:00

HONOLULU, May 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A study presented today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting suggests that sleep disturbances like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), excessive awakening and insomnia, may be a normal result of combat experience, rather than a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), major depression or other psychiatric conditions. The retrospective study, which will be published this summer as "Sleep...

2011-05-09 20:45:05

Recognizing early signs is critical to effective treatment Although most commonly associated with military combat, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur in civilians, too "“ and with consequences that are just as serious, according to a new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event involving physical injury, and occurs in 20 to 51 percent of...

2011-05-03 00:03:02

Also with service-related physical injuries Military service members who screened positive for mental health disorders before deployment, or who were injured during deployment, were more likely to develop post-deployment posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms than their colleagues without these risk factors, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "The relationship between preinjury psychiatric status and postinjury...

2011-04-25 13:15:27

Adults with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of childhood trauma had significantly shorter telomere length than those with PTSD but without childhood trauma, in a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that cap the ends of chromosomes and protect them from damage and mutations. Short telomere length is associated with an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and...


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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
2013-07-19 15:31:29

Posttraumatic stress disorder (commonly known as PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder characterized by adverse anxiety-related experiences, behaviors, and physiological responses that results from exposure to an event that causes psychological trauma. Examples of events that could lead to PTSD include the threat of harm or death to oneself or to someone else, or witnessing an event that overwhelms the individual's ability to cope. Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include flashbacks or nightmares,...

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