PTSD

VA Launches Campaign

June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) is inviting the public to participate in its "PTSD Awareness: June 2015" campaign, which began June 1. This year's goal is to help more Veterans, their families, caregivers and community members understand what PTSD is and know that there are s... more

Researchers Identify PTSD Biomarkers

Researchers have located genetic biomarkers linked with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The PTSD markers are also associated with gene networks that govern innate immune function and interferon signaling. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say an impro... more

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veteran contemplating behind window.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even... more

Panelists: PTSD Can't Be Cured, Only Managed

Veteran contemplating at a table.

There is no way to cure post-traumatic stress disorder, but those suffering from it can learn to manage it, health professionals said Tuesday night. Kevin Smythe, a supervisory psychologist in the Mental Health Service Line at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center, said managing the disorder is currently the only option. "There are a lot of ebbs ... more

PTSD Treatment Options

Counseling

As a new generation of service members returns from deployment, the Department of Defense (DoD) is faced with the challenge of identifying the most effective methods of treatment to address posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prevalence estimates of PTSD symptoms based on self-report surveys among warriors in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanis... more

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