A new study found that people who are currently suffering or face a high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder show particular patterns in four biomarkers measurable with a simple blood test.
Over $5M Awarded to Community Violence Reduction Programs at Penn Medicine
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) awarded over $5 million in grants to three community violence prevention and intervention programs across Penn Medicine. The Penn Medicine programs not only aim to reduce and prevent community violence, but also address the lasting impacts of violence on victims, such as treating their mental health, and helping them utilize social service agencies.
Study Evaluates Neural Network Involvement in PTSD
Article title: The brain landscape of the two-hit model of posttraumatic stress disorder Authors: Lisa M. James, Brian E. Engdahl, Peka Christova, Scott M. Lewis, and Apostolos P. Georgopoulos From the authors: “The present study provides a novel contribution by…
USU, Federal Mental Health Experts Earn Prestigious Military Family Research Institute Award
In recognition of their outstanding research that has brought visibility to issues impacting the Armed Forces and their families, several behavioral health professionals from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) were the recipients of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI)’s 2022 Barbara Thompson Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award. The award is based on their scientific publication, “The role of posttraumatic stress symptoms and negative affect in predicting substantiated intimate partner violence incidents among military personnel,” published in the journal Military Behavioral Health in August 2021.
Firearm injuries in kids leave lasting mental scars, study finds
Children and teens who survive a firearm injury have a high rate of developing new mental health diagnoses in the year afterward, even compared with kids who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle crash, a new study shows.
Spreading hope through humor — Markey Cancer patient, comedian shares her story
As a stand-up comedian, Debra Faulk is an expert at transforming the most difficult and uncomfortable moments of her life into something that lifts others. Active in the local comedy scene, the 54-year-old Lexington native uses standup as a platform to shine a light on serious health issues, with much of her routine inspired by her family’s experiences: one sister dealt with intellectual disabilities while another had breast cancer, her brother served in Desert Storm and came back with PTSD, her father had dementia, and her mother was on dialysis.
Stem Cell Study Reveals How Neurons From PTSD Patients React to Stress
Stem cell-derived neurons from combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) react differently to a stress hormone than those from veterans without PTSD, a finding that could provide insights into how genetics can make someone more susceptible to developing PTSD following trauma exposure.
PICKING UP THE PIECES: FSU PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR WEIGHS IN ON MENTAL TOLL OF HURRICANES
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As many Floridians rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the psychological toll of the storm may leave scars for years to come. Florida State University Professor of Psychology Brad Schmidt studies the nature, causes,…
Study from “Black Tuesday” bushfires finds link to PTSD
New research published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health has shown people who are forced to relocate after a bushfire are at a higher risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise known as PTSD. Led by Associate Professor Venkatesan Thiruvenkatarajan from the University of Adelaide, and Dr Richard Watts from Flinders University, the researchers spoke with people affected by the 2005 “Black Tuesday” Eyre Peninsula bushfires, which took nine lives, destroyed 93 homes and blackened 80,000 hectares of land near Port Lincoln on 11 January, 2005.
Intestinal Abnormalities in People with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Don’t Improve Even When PTSD Symptoms Abate
Article title: Abnormal intestinal milieu in post-traumatic stress disorder is not impacted by treatment that improves symptoms Authors: Robin M. Voigt, Alyson K. Zalta, Shohreh Raeisi, Lijuan Zhang, J. Mark Brown, Christopher B. Forsyth, Randy A. Boley, Philip Held, Mark…
Texas Tech Researcher Available to Discuss Hiring Practices of Veterans with PTSD
Could information shared on social media have an impact in the hiring of military veterans upon the return to civilian life? Would the discovery of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) lead a recruiter or hiring manager to screen a veteran applicant…
Tulane trauma experts available to discuss mass school killing in Texas
Tulane University has the following experts available to discuss the trauma surrounding the mass killing of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. For interviews, contact Barri Bronston at [email protected] or Mike Strecker at [email protected] Charles Figley is the…
PTSD symptoms vary over course of menstrual cycle
In women who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may vary over the course of the menstrual cycle, with more symptoms during the first few days of the cycle when the hormone estradiol is low, and fewer symptoms close to ovulation, when estradiol is high, finds research published by the American Psychological Association.
Mount Sinai’s Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research Receives $5 Million Grant From The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Funds will support cutting-edge MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD
Despite concerns, pandemic did not increase suicidal thoughts in veterans
Many public health experts feared the COVID-19 pandemic would cause an increase in suicidal behavior among U.S. military veterans, a group that already has high rates of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder and which experienced a 30% surge in suicides between 2010 and 2018.
Expert available to comment on PTSD in military veterans
Bruce L. Kagan is a psychiatrist and neurophysiologist who joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. He leads an outpatient PTSD clinic for the Veterans Administration, is a staff psychiatrist with the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and medical director…
News, images from Afghanistan can trigger PTSD in military veterans
The troubling news and images emerging from Afghanistan as American troops withdraw from the region after 20 years is causing a spike in post-traumatic stress among veterans at home, says UCLA Health psychiatrist Bruce Kagan, MD, PhD.
Tele-psychiatry a resounding success in 5-year trial
A five-year study, published Aug. 25 in JAMA Psychiatry, found that telepsychiatry in rural, federally qualified health centers was a resounding success for patients who had screened positive for bipolar disorder and/or PTSD. The trial of 1,004 participants was the biggest yet on telehealth.
Healing trauma: Research links PTSD, emotion regulation and quality of life
Research from Binghamton University, State University of New York provides insight into the impact PTSD has on emotional regulation and quality of life, and points to ways to improve both.
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation Grants More than $2.1 Million to Support a Psychedelics Research Study at Mount Sinai
The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai today announced a $2.1 million charitable contribution by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.
Hearts and Minds: Linking Cardiovascular Disease with PTSD
PTSD is commonly considered a psychiatric disorder arising after exposure to severe psychological trauma, from witnessing a natural disaster act to experiencing violence, injury or wartime combat. But there is growing evidence that PTSD is associated with major risk factors…
The Medical Minute: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
When physiological responses to trauma linger long after the event has passed, it’s called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking help are essential to recovery.
Mealer, Moss Receive AACN Award for Efforts to Reduce Burnout Among Critical Care Clinicians
Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, and Marc Moss, MD, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, receive the 2021 AACN Pioneering Spirit Award in recognition of their collaborative work over the past 20 years to improve the mental health of healthcare workers, especially nurses.
Childhood Car Crash Inspires UC San Diego Alumni to Donate to Pediatric Research
UC San Diego alumni make a gift of $1 million towards first-of-its-kind pediatric research. The Cathy and Richard Tryon Pediatric Facial/Psychological Trauma Research Fund will support research at UC San Diego to benefit pediatric patients who have suffered from traumatic facial deformities.
Party Drug MDMA Doesn’t Mix Well With Many Other Meds
Midomafetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy or molly, is a psychoactive drug primarily used for recreational purposes, but it’s now also being evaluated as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Using the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s database…
Psychedelic Science Holds Promise for Mainstream Medicine
A team of UNLV neuroscientists are uncovering how psychedelics affect brain activity. Their work, published recently in Nature: Scientific Reports, shows a strong connection in rodent models between brain activity and behaviors resulting from psychedelic treatment, a step forward in the quest to better understand their potential therapeutic effects.
A parental paradox for Black girls in the justice system
For Black girls in the juvenile justice system, attention from a caregiver might amount to too much of a bad thing, a recent study suggests.
UCLA Public Health Experts Available for Reporting on 50th Anniversary of 1971 Sylmar Earthquake
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has faculty with significant knowledge of the public health elements of natural disaster, including emergency medicine, rescue and recovery, and PTSD for survivors, emergency services personnel: Dr. David Eisenman, MD, director of the Fielding…
Poorer Mental Health Smolders After Deadly, Devastating Wildfire
UC San Diego researchers report that climate change is a chronic mental health stressor, and promotes a variety of mental health problems. The 2018 Camp Fire is a case study.
UCLA seeks volunteers for study of COVID-19’s impact on health to support “longhaul” survivors
UCLA researchers are seeking participants for an innovative study examining the impact of COVID-19 on survivors who continue battling health issues long after they were infected and thought to have recovered, known informally as “long COVID” and “longhaulers.”
Genomic Studies Implicate Specific Genes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
After analyzing the genomes of more 250,000 military veterans, researchers have identified 18 specific, fixed positions on chromosomes that appear associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings may point to new therapeutic drug targets.
Mount Sinai Health System Launches Center for Psychedelic Research
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched a new center for psychedelics research. The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research pursues a multipronged clinical and research approach to discovering novel and more efficacious therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and other stress-related conditions in the veteran and civilian population.
Repeated Ketamine Infusions Reduce Symptom Severity in Individuals With Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Study offers a key finding in the development of a promising treatment
One psychedelic experience may lessen trauma of racial injustice
A single positive experience on a psychedelic drug may help reduce stress, depression and anxiety symptoms in Black, Indigenous and people of color whose encounters with racism have had lasting harm, a new study suggests.
Study Suggests Brain Injuries May Evolve, Not Resolve, Over Time
Service members with concussions may have symptoms that continue to evolve up to five years after the initial injury, according to a study published in the November 11, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The findings challenge the idea that these individuals with chronic brain injuries maintain a relatively stable course of recovery.
Motor Neuron Drug Shows Promise as Treatment for PTSD Symptoms Linked to Suicide Attempts
A medication used to treat motor neuron diseases, like Lou Gehrig’s disease, might also have the potential to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly the symptoms linked to suicide attempts, according to a study, “Randomized Controlled Trial of Riluzole Augmentation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Efficacy of a Glutamatergic Modulator for Antidepressant-Resistant Symptoms,” published Oct. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
Nurse Veteran Applies Lessons from Vietnam to PTSD in Today’s Healthcare Workforce
Joan Furey’s studies of military nurses can educate and guide the treatment of healthcare workers traumatized by COVID-19.
Multiple Paths to Recovery Among Patients With Co-Occurring Alcohol Use and Mental Health Disorders
A study has revealed diverse routes to recovery among people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders admitted for psychiatric inpatient care, while highlighting that some patients need additional support. Problem drinkers who also have a psychiatric condition — such as major depressive disorder (MDD) — often struggle to sustain long-term recovery following treatment. Mutual health groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can provide an ongoing source of recovery support for alcohol misuse, and involvement with AA is also linked to improvement in depression. However, it was not known how depression and involvement influence drinking during and after inpatient psychiatric treatment, and how they predict recovery. The new study, reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, investigated long-term trajectories of alcohol use, depression, and AA involvement over time among patients with co-occurring diagnoses.
‘Brain fog’ following COVID-19 recovery may indicate PTSD
A new report suggests that lingering “brain fog” and other neurological symptoms after COVID -19 recovery may be due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an effect observed in past human coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS and MERS.
McLean Psychiatrists Available to Discuss Trump’s COVID/Mental Health Connection
Media AdvisoryTrump’s COVID/Mental Health Connection WHAT: With today’s news about President Trump’s positive COVID test, more research to explore what we know about how older adults manage following a COVID diagnosis is crucial. A team from McLean geriatric department have…
People with Lower Biological Response to Standard Stress Task Showed More PTSD Symptoms After COVID-19 Crisis Began
People who did not have a large heart rate response to a stress task surprised researchers later — after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — when they showed more symptoms of PTSD related to the crisis than others who also did the stress task and COVID-19 stress ratings.
California wildfires and COVID-19 pandemic wreak havoc on mental health
Biography : Dr. Josef Ruzek is a clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of post-traumatic stress problems. He currently serves as Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. He is…
Elevated Level of a “Hunger” Hormone Leaves Trauma-Exposed Adolescents at Higher Risk of Developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research suggests that acyl-ghrelin is an especially predictive biomarker of PTSD
STUDY SUGGESTS DRUG OVERDOSE LINKED TO PTSD
Drug overdoses are psychologically traumatic events that can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study focused on female sex workers in Baltimore City led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Traditional PTSD Therapy Doesn’t Trigger Drug Relapse
Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that behavior therapy that exposes people to memories of their trauma doesn’t cause relapses of opioid or other drug use, and that PTSD severity and emotional problems have decreased after the first therapy session.
Children Who Witness Intimate Partner Violence Benefit from Joint Community and Law Enforcement Intervention
The Child Trauma Response Team, an innovative police and community-based organization partnership, demonstrated success at screening and treating children for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) immediately following incidents of intimate partner violence, according to a Rutgers-led study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Laughing gas may bring relief to veterans suffering from PTSD, new study suggests
A small pilot study provides an early glimpse of how some veterans struggling with PTSD may benefit from one simple, inexpensive treatment involving nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.
This spring they were heroes, but summer may be cruel for health professionals, experts say
An outpouring of public support may have helped maintain the spirits and well-being of health care workers as they faced the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. But as the salutes fade into memory, and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise across the United States, mental health experts are worried about the health care workers-turned-heroes who were so much in the spotlight a few months ago.
June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day: Know the Symptoms and Risk Factors for acute stress and PTSD During COVID-19
Loyola Medicine Clinical Psychologist Elizabeth Simmons believes it’s important for everyone–especially those at high risk for extreme stress and trauma during to the COVID-19 pandemic (front line health care workers, essential workers and COVID-19 survivors)–to be aware of the symptoms of acute stress…
Vets Walking Pets: Strolls with Shelter Dogs May Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Military Veterans
About 6 to 8 million dogs end up in shelters in the U.S. each year. Researchers worked with two no-kill shelters on a study examining the effects of walking with a shelter dog on psychological and physiological stress indicators in military veterans. Results confirm the importance of the human-animal bond and provide evidence that walking with a shelter dog may affect psychological and physiological stress indicators in veterans – with particular potential benefits for those with an increase in PTSD symptom severity.