Genetic markers identified through blood test could help in preventing and treating PTSD

Genetic markers identified through blood test could help in preventing and treating PTSD

Stress disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are widely prevalent and debilitating in civilian as well as military populations, yet majorly undiagnosed. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine from Indianapolis stated that their findings could help in the establishment of more precise screenings for PTSD. Their findings were published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Continue reading

Women exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue experiencing symptoms of PTSD

Women exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue experiencing symptoms of PTSD

Women exposed to the industrial disaster of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill, continue displaying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma, revealed a recent study. The study was conducted at the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Public Health and the findings were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month – Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

PTSD Awareness Month – Tips to deal with PTSD symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that manifests in some individuals after they have experienced an unsafe, terrifying, or traumatic incident. Though it is normal to feel frightened and distraught after witnessing a disturbing incident, there are some people who continue to experience these symptoms even when they are out of danger who might be struggling with PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD usually become apparent within three months of the traumatic event, however, it might take many more months or even a year after the incident for the symptoms to manifest. While some people may recover within six months, in others, the condition might become chronic. Continue reading

WTC cleanup staff battling PTSD more vulnerable to heart problems, say researchers

WTC cleanup staff battling PTSD more vulnerable to heart problems, say researchers

The terror attack on New York City’s World Trade Center (WTC) complex on Sept. 11, 2001 continues to cause mental problems to New Yorkers. Even more than 16 years after the completion of the cleanup operations at the site of the tragedy, a study suggests that many members of the cleanup crew still grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that may have increased their vulnerability to stroke and heart attack. Continue reading

Ariana Grande opens up about struggle with PTSD a year after Manchester Arena attack

Ariana Grande opens up about struggle with PTSD a year after Manchester Arena attack

American singer and actor Ariana Grande recently revealed her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an interview with British Vogue. The confession came almost a year after a suicide bomber targeted her concert in Manchester, England in 2017, killing 23 people, including the bomber, and injuring 139 others, more than half of whom were children. Continue reading

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

Survivor of Parkland school shooting diagnosed with PTSD

The young girl in room number 1212 was petrified. She could hear the sounds of bullets ricocheting off the walls, endless screams and the throb of footsteps as students ran here and there to dodge the spray of bullets from the AR-15. She also heard the thuds of bodies hitting the floor as she crouched in fear with her teacher and language-arts classmates. It was mayhem outside, and yet no one in Room 1212 dared to voice their fears. By the time the lone gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was apprehended, 17 had died and many others injured. Only the inmates of Room 1212 escaped without a scratch; yet the impact on their minds was immense. Continue reading

Kent State University receives $2.7 million to study effect of traumatic injuries on depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar

Kent State University receives $2.7 million to study effect of traumatic injuries on depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar

To study the effect of traumatic injuries on psychiatric health, the Kent State University, Ohio, recently received $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to gain a better understanding of factors that fuels the onset of depression and other affective disorders like anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. Continue reading

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund pledges $4 million to MDMA research

Pineapple Fund, the $86 million Bitcoin charity started by an anonymous donor, has pledged $4 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) till March 10, 2018. The donation would be of great help to the nonprofit research organization, which is in want of fund to start the next phase of the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

How PTSD affects physical health

How PTSD affects physical health

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” – Susan Pease Banitt                                                                        

Author, therapist and trauma expert, Susan Pease Banitt has rightly said that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can have an incapacitating effect on a person’s mental and physical health. There is no greater anguish than being traumatized by a nerve-racking event, day and night, taking the serenity away from an individual’s life. Continue reading

PTSD Awareness Month: Identifying hidden PTSD in teenagers

PTSD Awareness Month: Identifying hidden PTSD in teenagers

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is commonly believed to affect only war veterans. However, this does not hold true. PTSD is a severe mental health condition that can affect adults, teens and kids when they are exposed to a traumatic or terrifying incident such as, physical harm, sexual assault, violence or a life-threatening situation. Continue reading