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When Children See War as Better Than Peace

Apr. 11, 2017 — For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not be the case for children born of wartime rape, however, who often endure continued brutality in the ... read more

Psychological Interventions to Cut Traumatic Memories: Tetris or Candy Crush?

Mar. 28, 2017 — The popular building-block computer game Tetris might be more than an idle pastime that keeps you glued to a screen. Playing it shortly after experiencing a traumatic event seems to block some of the ... read more

Cortisol Excess Hits Natural DNA Process and Mental Health Hard

Mar. 28, 2017 — High concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol in the body affect important DNA processes and increase the risk of long-term psychological consequences. These relationships are evident in a study ... read more

Challenges Veterans Face When Transitioning from the Battlefield to the Classroom

Mar. 16, 2017 — A research team investigating the mental health burden and treatment-seeking behaviors of student veterans attending rural community colleges in the southern United States has found that this ... read more

Drug and Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women

Mar. 16, 2017 — Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher ... read more

Refugees With PTSD Regulate Stress Differently

Mar. 15, 2017 — Refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don't have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering, new research ... read more

Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse, Study Shows

Mar. 14, 2017 — A link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse has been discovered by researchers, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid ... read more

Anxiety Is a Stronger Harbinger of Alcohol Problems Than Stress

Mar. 10, 2017 — Stress and anxiety are widely believed to contribute to drinking. Alcohol is thought to reduce tension caused by stress (the "flight or fight" response) as well as alleviate the unpleasant ... read more

Helping Nurses Cope With Postcode Stress

Mar. 1, 2017 — Understanding how nurses cope following the death of a patient after CPR may help identify nurses most at risk for postcode stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new ... read more

Teach Yourself Everyday Happiness With Imagery Training

Feb. 24, 2017 — Researchers have found that self-guided positive imagery training can successfully combat negative emotions in our daily lives. This tool is so powerful that it also changes the way our brain ... read more

Teens With PTSD, Conduct Disorder Have Difficulty Recognizing Facial Expressions

Feb. 21, 2017 — Adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are more likely to misidentify sad and angry faces as fearful, while teens with symptoms of conduct disorder tend to interpret sad faces ... read more

Post-Deployment Screening With Tailored Advice Does Not Help Reduce Mental Health Disorders in UK Armed Forces, Study Finds

Feb. 17, 2017 — Few Armed Forces personnel seek help for mental health disorders and novel approaches will be needed to encourage personnel at risk of PTSD, anxiety and alcohol abuse to seek treatment, suggests a ... read more

New Test May Quickly Identify Mild Traumatic Brain Injury With Underlying Brain Damage

Feb. 16, 2017 — A new test using peripheral vision reaction time could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — A specific gene that helps form memories from traumatic events can be manipulated, and in doing so may actually help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — In a new study, researchers have described how two important molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense ... read more

PTSD Symptoms May Be Prevented With Ketamine

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have evidence that giving a small dose of ketamine one week before a psychologically traumatic event may help prevent PTSD. The study, in mice, may have implications for soldiers who are ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — The first peer-reviewed and published national study of civic service among U.S. vets who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan found volunteering improved their health and social ... read more

Stress Hormones Underlie Indigenous Health Gap in Australia

Feb. 2, 2017 — Scientists have made a disturbing finding about some young Indigenous people's biological reaction to stress, but one that could help close the health gap for indigenous ... read more

Parents of Children With Serious Heart Defects May Be at Risk of PTSD

Feb. 1, 2017 — Many parents -- particularly mothers -- of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to ... read more

Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Use Disorders Hit American-Indian, Alaskan-Native Men the Hardest

Jan. 27, 2017 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a traumatic event or events. Although it is most often associated with military personnel exposed to the trauma of combat, it can also ... read more

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