PTSD

Caring for veterans with PTSD

Caring for veterans with PTSD

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Post traumatic stress disorder can occur in anyone, but is most common among military veterans, who experience PTSD at a staggering rate.

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

Higher PTSD prevalence among female Vietnam vets

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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.

Same-day mental health services improve PTSD treatment for vets

Same-day mental health services improve PTSD treatment for vets

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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 are contraindicated for PTSD

Benzodiazepines are contraindicated for PTSD

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Benzodiazepines worsened outcomes for patients with PTSD following various types of trauma.

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.

Prazosin versus imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmares

Prazosin versus imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmares

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In sleep medicine, clinicians often use the alpha blocker prazosin to control nightmares if the nightmares are overwhelming the patient.

Post-traumatic stress disorder ups diabetes risk in women

Post-traumatic stress disorder ups diabetes risk in women

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The greater the number and severity of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, the greater a patient's risk of type 2 diabetes.

PTSD, major depressive episodes increase preterm birth risk

PTSD, major depressive episodes increase preterm birth risk

Risk in pregnant women appears to be independent of antidepressant and benzodiazepine use.

Treating anxiety can improve patients' sleep

Treating anxiety can improve patients' sleep

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About 50% to 70% of patients diagnosed with anxiety report having difficulty sleeping.

Study on marijuana for PTSD moves forward

Study on marijuana for PTSD moves forward

HHS said marijuana from federally-sanctioned research farm could be purchased for the study.

Overweight, obesity more likely in women with PTSD

Overweight, obesity more likely in women with PTSD

Body mass index gains more rapid among women with at least four symptoms of PTSD.

Group outdoor activities therapeutic for veterans

Group outdoor activities therapeutic for veterans

Military veterans reported better life outlook and less stress after engaging in group outdoor recreational activities for several days.

Within one year of stroke, a quarter of patients develop PTSD

Within one year of stroke, a quarter of patients develop PTSD

Approximately one in four survivors of a stroke or transient ischemic attack will develop PTSD.

Traumatic brain injuries may cause sleep disturbances in soldiers

Traumatic brain injuries may cause sleep disturbances in soldiers

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Most military personnel is exposed to multiple explosions that may induce brain injuries and sleep problems.

Stretching, breathing exercises may reduce PTSD symptoms

Stretching, breathing exercises may reduce PTSD symptoms

Mindfulness-based stretching, deep breathing exercises normalized cortisol levels and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress in a small study.

Top 5 PA medical topics of 2013

Top 5 PA medical topics of 2013

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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.

Recognizing and treating PTSD in primary care

Recognizing and treating PTSD in primary care

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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.

Treating sleep disorders with bright light therapy

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Try bright light therapy before sleep medications or stimulants for patients with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.

Vets with PTSD more likely to receive opioids

Vets with PTSD more likely to receive opioids

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.

Determining the cause of recurring nightmares

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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.

Primary care settings front line in battle against military children's psychosocial issues

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.

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