Epigenetics explains the anatomy and physiology behind the central nervous system changes caused by child abuse.
Developmental trauma disorder, not yet officially recognized, results from child maltreatment and has many neurobiologic consequences.
Post traumatic stress disorder can occur in anyone, but is most common among military veterans, who experience PTSD at a staggering rate.
Female veterans who served in Vietnam developed PTSD at a significantly higher rate than women who served at bases near Vietnam or in the US, says JAMA Psychiatry.
Veterans with PTSD who are screened with same-day integrated mental health services are more likely to be treated appropriately, says research published in Psychiatry Services.
Benzodiazepines worsened outcomes for patients with PTSD following various types of trauma.
Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.
In sleep medicine, clinicians often use the alpha blocker prazosin to control nightmares if the nightmares are overwhelming the patient.
The greater the number and severity of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, the greater a patient's risk of type 2 diabetes.
Risk in pregnant women appears to be independent of antidepressant and benzodiazepine use.
About 50% to 70% of patients diagnosed with anxiety report having difficulty sleeping.
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Body mass index gains more rapid among women with at least four symptoms of PTSD.
Military veterans reported better life outlook and less stress after engaging in group outdoor recreational activities for several days.
Approximately one in four survivors of a stroke or transient ischemic attack will develop PTSD.
Most military personnel is exposed to multiple explosions that may induce brain injuries and sleep problems.
Mindfulness-based stretching, deep breathing exercises normalized cortisol levels and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress in a small study.
The AAPA's Clinical Health Affairs Commission cites childhood immunization, post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity, celiac disease and dementia as topics to watch in 2013.
As more military personnel return to the United States with PTSD symptoms, now is the perfect time to refresh our knowledge on treating this disorder.
Try bright light therapy before sleep medications or stimulants for patients with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.
Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder are more likely to be prescribed opioids for pain and are at higher risk for adverse events with the medications than veterans without a mental health diagnosis.
Nightmares can occur in response to traumatic events such as death, divorce or after a motor vehicle accident. They are more common in women than men, and are common among those who have abruptly stopped drinking alcohol or in those who use recreational drugs.
For the first time in the history of war, the number of psychological injuries has exceeded physical wounds. Primary care clinicians should be on guard for signs and symptoms of behavioral problems in returning troops and their children.