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New Research Could Bring First Drug To Fight PTSD
2011-09-06 13:17:09

  Researchers said on Monday they have identified a brain chemical related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that could lead to the first kind of drugs to treat the disorder. Doctors currently use antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs to treat PTSD, but these are largely ineffective and were never specifically developed to treat the disorder. "The medications we have these days are not working for PTSD," Dr. Alexander Neumeister of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine,...

2011-09-06 11:05:42

Meaningful associations dependent on reliable measures of pre-existing trauma Data in a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggest that certain variants of a gene that helps regulate serotonin (a brain chemical related to mood), may serve as a useful predictor of risk for symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a trauma. "One of the critical questions surrounding PTSD is why some individuals are at risk for developing the disorder following...

2011-07-01 14:40:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PTSD Press announced the release of the much-anticipated SERGEANT BACK AGAIN--THE ANTHOLOGY of Critical and Clinical Commentary, Volume One. THE ANTHOLOGY (http://www.sergeantbackagain.com/anthology.html) contains the first collection of published critical and clinical writings regarding the earliest characterizations and manifestations of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on and off the battlefield using a Vietnam novel...

2011-03-01 13:59:10

PTSD sufferers would give up an average of 13 years of life to be without the disorder -- but may not realize that some symptoms don't affect happiness In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder, not all symptoms are created equal. In an effort to better treat PTSD, a study published March 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services 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...

2010-11-18 17:09:24

Five U.S. federal agencies recently cosponsored a set of expert work groups to formulate common data elements for research related to psychological adjustment and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Danny G. Kaloupek, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine, chaired the work group on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Kaloupek's work at the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare helped to guide identification of key...

2010-01-20 08:47:00

Local physicians are currently recruiting volunteers for a clinical trial involving a potential new treatment for PTSD ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers are currently recruiting patients with civilian post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for a clinical research study called the COPE study. People who are having symptoms after experiencing a traumatic event or who have been diagnosed with PTSD may be eligible to participate in this study of a new...

2008-10-13 06:00:44

By Tom Vanden Brook WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's top uniformed officer is calling for all returning combat troops, from privates to generals, to undergo screening for post-traumatic stress with a mental health professional, a move aimed at stemming an epidemic of psychological issues among veterans. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there's a reluctance to acknowledge psychological problems for fear of showing weakness. Troops now fill out questionnaires...

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