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Soldiers’ Brains Adapt To The Perceived Threat During Their Mission

A study of soldiers who took part in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2010 has found that their brains adapt when they are continuously exposed to stress. The perceived threat appears to be the major predictor of brain adaptation, rather than the actual events. In other words, if […]

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Women War Veterans Face Higher Risk Of Mental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Pregnancy among women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to increase their risk for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The paper is available free online. Check the […]

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Childhood Maltreatment And High Magnitude Stressors Are Predictors Of Psychiatric Symptoms In Military Personnel

A study of long-term, active duty military personnel who used Department of Veterans Affairs’ health services showed that childhood maltreatment and other high magnitude stressors, such as being in a serious accident or a natural disaster, were more strongly associated with participants’ current psychiatric symptoms than were their military sexual experiences, such as sexual harassment.

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Suicide Rate Among Young Women Veterans More Than Twice That Of Civilians

Young women veterans are nearly three times as likely as civilians to commit suicide, according to new research published by researchers at Portland State University (PSU) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The paper, “Self-Inflicted Deaths Among Women With U.S. Military Service: A Hidden Epidemic?” appears in the December 2010 issue of Psychiatric Services, a […]

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Pivotal Study Finds Link Between PTSD And Dementia In Military Veterans

Results of a study reported in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggest that Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a greater risk for dementia than Veterans without PTSD, even those who suffered traumatic injuries during combat. Exposure to life threatening events, like war, can cause PTSD, and there […]

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Combat Veterans Face More Lifelong Socioeconomic Challenges

From the many images sent home from foreign battlefields over the last several decades, Americans have viewed the plight of their country’s combat-weary veterans as stark and often iconic scenes that seem somehow frozen in time. But recent research at Washington State University (WSU) suggests that, for many U.S. veterans, combat is a defining experience […]

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Soldiers With Brain Injuries Are At Higher Risk Of Epilepsy Decades Later

Soldiers who receive traumatic brain injuries during war may be at a higher risk of epilepsy even decades after the brain injury occurred. The new research is published in the July 20, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Post-traumatic epilepsy is the most common cause of new-onset […]

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