Category Archives: ptsd

Psychological therapies improve life for children with post-traumatic stress disorder, study suggests

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Psychological therapies improve life for children with post-traumatic stress disorder, study suggests
Children suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of traumatic events, including child abuse, may benefit from psychological therapies, according to a new review. 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.
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child teen ptsd
and domestic violence ptsd
Iraqi children

Confronting the Ghosts of our Fathers: Their PTSD, Our PTSD

Research identifies a way to block memories associated with PTSD or drug addiction

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Research identifies a way to block memories associated with PTSD or drug addiction
New research could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories. The research has identified a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, which can suppress the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction, without permanently altering memories.

PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response

Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy

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Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy
The unseen emotional aftershocks of Hurricane Sandy may linger for children who were in the storm’s path. A psychologist discusses why children may experience PTSD and how parents and caregivers can help.

Traumatic consequences long after fall of the Berlin Wall

Remember, we have several articles on transgenerational trauma. Dr. Bunch

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Traumatic consequences long after fall of the Berlin Wall
One in three former political prisoners of the German Democratic Republic still suffers from sleeping disorders, nightmares and irrational fear. Researchers reveal these post-traumatic stress disorders in a study — the first to examine the post-traumatic consequences in former political prisoners over a period of 15 years.

Sleep, Stress: Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees

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Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees

Researchers may have discovered why people exposed to war are at increased risk to develop chronic problems like heart disease years later. And the culprit that links the two is surprising.

Compounds that could thwart post-traumatic stress disorder identified

It appears there may be a problem with this article. It is my understanding that nitrous oxide is a gas and this article may be in fact be referring to nitric oxide. It is a good idea to always question research, and in particular to see if there could be problems in the research design and especially in the conclusion. This article makes some conclusions that could leave many to believe that this is now that path for pharmaceutical treatment of ptsd.

I try to filter out most “research” that is questionable.

One other thing you need to know about research: most all research done by pharmaceutical companies is not altruistic research: they have set up the double blind research to prove a point, that their medication works. They never do research comparing it to other meds nor do they look at harmful effects. The research is driven only with proving the medication is effective, and will sell. On the other hand, truly independent research and university research that is not funded or influenced by a private company is highly more valuable.

Nitrous oxide is a gas we’re familiar with in dentist offices and aerosol whip cream. Some research on nitrous and the brain ended up blank but nitric oxide functions in the brain. Likely an secondary writer erred? If you have other info on this and can correct me, please add to the comments. Here are links on nitric oxide in the brain:
 

Dr. B

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Compounds that could thwart post-traumatic stress disorder identified
A brain pathway that is stimulated by traumatic or fearful experiences can be disrupted by two compounds that show promise for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers have reported.

The relationship between trauma ptsd and life illness. Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees

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Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees
Researchers may have discovered why people exposed to war are at increased risk to develop chronic problems like heart disease years later. And the culprit that links the two is surprising.

 

Missing Link Between Mental Health Disorders and Chronic Diseases in Iraq War Refugees

ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2012) — Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers may have discovered why people exposed to war are at increased risk to develop chronic problems like heart disease years later. And the culprit that links the two is surprising.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, WSU researchers interviewed a random sample of 145 American immigrants who left Iraq before the 1991 Gulf War, and 205 who fled Iraq after the Gulf War began. All were residing in metropolitan Detroit at the time of the study. Study subjects were asked about socio-demographics, pre-migration trauma, how they rated their current health, physician-diagnosed and physician-treated obstructive sleep apnea, somatic disorders and psychosomatic disorders. Those who left Iraq after the war began and suffered from mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, and self-rated their physical health as worse than their actual health, were 43 times more likely than pre-Gulf War immigrants to report obstructive sleep apnea (30.2 percent versus 0.7 percent) and later develop major chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease.
“I was surprised, but we had a specific theory we wanted to test. Changes in the stress system would contribute to sleep apnea. What happens? Maybe it’s the stress that leads to this fractured sleep,” said Bengt Arnetz, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., School of Medicine professor of occupational and environmental health, deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at Wayne State, and the study’s principal investigator and first author. “No one had explored this possible link before, although basic research suggests it as plausible.”
The results are featured in the October 2012 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Psychosomatic Society.
According to the article, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Health in Immigrants,” obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles supporting the soft palate at the back of the throat relax, but less is known about the reasons behind this neuromuscular malfunctioning.
“It’s a known fact that the more exposure to violence you have, the more likely you are to report PTSD and depression, and the worse your self-rated health is, the more likely your actual health will suffer in five to 10 years,” Arnetz said.
Hikmet Jamil, M.D., Ph.D., professor of occupational and environmental health in WSU’s School of Medicine, and Thomas Templin, Ph.D., research professor in WSU’s College of Nursing, also contributed to the article.
The obstructive sleep apnea and chronic disase link has been observed among many trauma-exposed populations, including refugees, Arnetz said.
“Iraqis were exposed to harsh conditions during the entirety of Saddam Hussein’s more than 20 years of reign. However, trauma and environmental exposures increased measurably and dramatically after the initiation of the 1991 Gulf War,” the article states.
The study can now be used as a model for other populations, including U.S. soldiers returning home from battle.

 
The multidisciplinary study brought together mental health research, sleep research and chronic disease research, Arnetz said.
He and Jamil were partially supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health (award number R01MH085793).
To further test their ideas, the researchers plan to apply for funding from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate with Safwan Badr, M.D., professor and chief of the School of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Thomas Roth, Ph.D., director of the Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

A lifeline of flowers and stones

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A lifeline of flowers and stones
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more treatable than previously thought. A novel method has shown to be remarkably effective. The method, called Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), is an intervention aimed at reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress.