Post-Traumatic Stress News
See the latest news and information about PTSD and related issues that's reported in the medical and scientific literature.
Research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has shown that those who show signs of dissociation at the time of a traumatic event (known as "peritraumatic dissociation") are more likely to experience acute and chronic PTSD. Until now, there had been little research about who is at risk for peritraumatic dissociation. The authors of a new study set out to examine the relationship between peritraumatic dissociation and prior major depression, prior PTSD, prior trauma, and pr
Up to half of all patients with whiplash develop chronic symptoms but scientists are still uncovering why. Earlier research has suggested that posttraumatic stress disorder may play role, since WAD patients with PTSD tend to have worse recovery. Despite the connection between PTSD and whiplash, few studies have analyzed the underlying biological mechanisms behind this link.
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) occurs within the first 4 weeks after exposure to trauma, and is viewed as a risk factor in the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Previous studies have limited their analysis of ASD to short follow-up periods. The authors of this current study had previously assessed the course of ASD at six months following trauma. Now, they hoped to determine ASD two years post-trauma, to better understand its relationship to PTSD.
Insurance companies often question claims of injury for children, stating that they are more "resilient" than adults, and that injuries are not serious in whiplash injuries. A new study that investigated the effects of traffic accidents on children, however, shows that psychological symptoms can persist for months after an accident.
Clinicians who are usually focused on more obvious trauma or symptoms often miss PTSD in trauma patients. The authors of this study tested a short screening scale for PTSD. The goal of the questionnaire is to provide a quick and simple test that professionals can give to trauma patients to detect the presence of PTSD.
Medical research shows that PTSD is linked to headache in many individuals.