June 19, 2013 |
Post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, is not just a problem for military veterans, sexual assault survivors and other crime victims - it also plagues many stroke victims, according to new research. The study , published online Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, reports that 23% of stroke and mini-stroke victims surveyed within one year of the event suffered from PTSD. In addition, 11% of stroke victims surveyed more than a year after the event reported that they experienced PTSD.
June 5, 2013 |
Experts estimate that up to 20% of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that can be stubbornly difficult to treat. But what if PTSD could have been prevented in the first place? Scientists have done something similar in traumatized mice. Days after a harrowing experience being restrained on wooden boards, they were given a drug that triggers a brain receptor thought to be involved in how mice - and people - respond to fear.
February 6, 2013 |
Four letters, "PTSD," have hung over Eddie Ray Routh since the day he was accused of killing Chris Kyle, a famed Navy SEAL sniper, and perhaps a little unfairly so: Kyle probably had PTSD himself. The fragments of information presented about Routh, a 25-year-old Marine reservist, have been indelible thus far. Iraq war veteran. Listless and unemployed. There's Routh: hospitalized multiple times since returning home, at one point reportedly threatening the lives of his family; also having been found shoeless and drunk by the police.
November 26, 2012 |
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Not long after a Belgian Malinois named Cora went off to war, she earned a reputation for sniffing out the buried bombs that were the enemy's weapon of choice to kill or maim U.S. troops. Cora could roam a hundred yards or more off her leash, detect an explosive and then lie down gently to signal danger. All she asked in return was a kind word or a biscuit, maybe a play session with a chew toy once the squad made it back to base. "Cora always thought everything was a big game," said Air Force Tech.
October 12, 2012 |
Women exposed to disturbing news stories absorb an emotional blow greater than do men--so much greater that when next exposed to a stressful situation, their stress levels soar, according to a new study. And the women remember the bad news longer. Those findings emerged from the small but intriguing study published this week in the open-access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS One), and conducted on 60 participants at Montreal's Center for Studies on Human Stress. Thirty men and 30 women were brought into the lab and asked to read a sheaf of newspaper articles.
October 11, 2012 |
She was found roaming the streets of Fukushima's exclusion zone, the sprawling ghost town that now surrounds Japan's quake-crippled nuclear reactor. One of an unknown number of dogs that were left chained or abandoned amid the disaster, the haggard-looking mutt bore a scar over one ear and unmistakable signs of chronic stress. Yuki, as they called her, seemed to be suffering from a canine form of post-traumatic stress disorder. While some 340,000 people still live as refugees in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, animal science researchers at Azabu University report that former pets have also suffered lingering effects.
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September 10, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Todd Vance - Iraq combat veteran, bar bouncer, and social-work major at a local university - is lecturing two dozen of his fellow veterans on the techniques and joys of the chokehold. "You want the blade of your forearm on their windpipe or carotid artery," Vance says in a commanding voice. "Push your opponent into the fence.…Let's have some fun with this drill!" It's Saturday morning in North Park, and the veterans have come to a steamy, noisy gym for Vance's mixed martial arts class.
August 14, 2012 |
It makes sense that a person with post-traumatic stress disorder might have relationship problems, too. And researchers have now found that couples therapy that's designed around PTSD helps both problems. The partner with PTSD reported reduced symptoms, and the couple reported increased relationship satisfaction from couples therapy, researchers reported in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. They compared 20 couples who got the therapy with 20 couples who were put on a waiting list for it in 2008 to 2012.
August 2, 2012 |
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Officials at the largest Army medical center in the West said Thursday that they have eliminated second-tier psychiatric reviews for soldiers diagnosed with combat stress. The change, they said, is part of a new effort to eliminate disparities in diagnoses and remove the stigma for service members looking for psychological help. “Our No. 1 concern is taking care of these soldiers…. We're moving forward, doing the right thing,” said Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general of the Army's I Corps, at a news conference detailing the policies unveiled earlier this week.
July 31, 2012 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A North Carolina soldier diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder has filed a civil lawsuit against a local district attorney for allegedly failing to allow access to specialized PTSD treatment while the soldier is imprisoned on attempted-murder charges. Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer, 30, has asked that his case be transferred from civilian courts to the military justice system so that he can receive specialized PTSD treatment mandated by the military.