Searching for Clues about PTSD in the Brain

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health illness characterized by a variety of physical and mental symptoms that follow a traumatic event. Some of the signs of PTSD include insomnia, irritability, distractibility and anxiousness. A person with PTSD may also have nightmares and flashbacks of the disturbing event.

PTSD can have a negative effect on a person’s relationships. Family and friends of someone with PTSD may have difficulty understanding their loved one’s change in disposition. Relationships at work can also suffer, as can work performance itself.

What can the brain tell us about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? At this time, it isn’t clear why some people develop PTSD and some people don’t after experiencing the same trauma.

Researchers in a new, long-term study at NYU hope to find out whether there is some kind of indicator for PTSD in the brain. If found, the “biomarker” could tell us who is likely to develop PTSD and also confirm the presence of the disorder in others.

For more information on the new study, including its direction and implications, click on the link found below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/us/study-seeks-biomarkers-for-ptsd-and-traumatic-brain-injuries.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1361282425-fWejaI7VGvo2sqBPamTsSg

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