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Cognitive And Exposure Therapies Significantly Reduce PTSD Symptoms In Some Trauma Survivors

Prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, and delayed prolonged exposure therapy, appear to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in patients who have experienced a recent traumatic event, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study was conducted by Arieh Y. Shalev, M.D., and colleagues from Hadassah […]

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Close Proximity And Trauma Exposures More Likely To Result In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Geographic distance and direct trauma exposures are associated with an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study that examines data from employees of New York City companies affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC). The paper is being published online first by the […]

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PTSD Still A Concern For New York City Firefighters Who Arrived First At World Trade Center After September 11, 2001 Attacks

A new study finds probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to be associated with early arrival at the World Trade Center for New York City firefighters who participated in rescue and recovery efforts on September 11, 2001. The article is being posted online by Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, a journal published by the […]

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Reduced Recognition Of Fear And Sadness In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Facial expressions convey strong cues for someone’s emotional state and the ability to interpret these cues is crucial in social interaction. This ability is known to be compromised in many psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as social anxiety or Korsakoff’s syndrome. New research has now revealed evidence that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also characterized […]

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Use Of Antipsychotic Medication To Reduce Military-Related Chronic PTSD Symptoms Does Not Appear Effective

Patients with military-related, chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and symptoms that were not improved with use of an antidepressant medication did not experience a reduction in PTSD symptoms with use of the antipsychotic medication risperidone, according to a study in the August 3 issue of JAMA [1], a theme issue on violence and human rights.

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Treatment Intervention For Former Child Soldiers In Uganda Associated With Reduction In PTSD Symptoms

It is currently estimated that approximately 250,000 children younger than 18 years are actively involved as child soldiers in hostilities in 14 countries or territories worldwide. The civil war in Northern Uganda lasted more than 2 decades and has affected virtually the entire Northern Ugandan population. Former child soldiers from Northern Uganda who received a […]

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8-Question Survey Helps Predict Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A simple eight-question survey administered soon after injury can help predict which of the 30 million Americans seeking hospital treatment for injuries each year may develop depression or post-traumatic stress, report Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and her colleagues in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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