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‘It opens your heart’: Canada approves use of ecstasy in study into post-traumatic stress disorder

‘It opens your heart’: Canada approves use of ecstasy in study into post-traumatic stress disorder | PTSD | Scoop.it
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I think this is extremely controversial like the use of medical maurijauna since there are other available legal medications. Especially given the number of deaths every year in clubs and parties from the use of MDMA, this is probably a shunned form of medical treatment. I understand regulating dosages, but I find it very hard to believe that their aren't detrimental side effects in the long run.

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Study: Wolf attacks leave cows with PTSD-like symptoms - KVAL

Study: Wolf attacks leave cows with PTSD-like symptoms - KVAL | PTSD | Scoop.it
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Study: Wolf attacks leave cows with PTSD-like symptoms
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“But wolf attacks also create bad memories in the herd and cause a stress response known to result in decreased pregnancy rates, lighter calves and a greater likelihood of getting sick.
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I thought this article was very interesting. Because PTSD can affect other animal species (other than primates) would seem to suggest that PTSD is more related to the survival functions of the brain rather than the higher levels of thinking. While this is somewhat common knowledge to the field, this definitely opens up the door to potential animal testing to find possible medicinal solutions to PTSD other than the normal anti-depressants.

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New rodent lab in Md. could advance PTSD research - The Virginian-Pilot

New rodent lab in Md. could advance PTSD research - The Virginian-Pilot | PTSD | Scoop.it
New rodent lab in Md. could advance PTSD research
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The red lights in the Army's newest lab at Fort Detrick are not designed to set the mood.
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Although there is always opposition to animal testing, I think this is a good way to identify the causes of PTSD and the treatments for it rather than just experimenting with victims.

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Stress matters to brain's white matter

Stress matters to brain's white matter | PTSD | Scoop.it
Stress can damage the brain. The hormones it releases can change the way nerves fire, and send circuits into a dangerous feedback loop, leaving us vulnerable to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder .
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While stress is not a direct cause for PTSD, it is interesting that it could lead to vulnerabilities in the brain, which can allow for the manifestation of PTSD.

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Genetic cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in women verified - Examiner.com

Genetic cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in women verified - Examiner.com | PTSD | Scoop.it
Examiner.com Genetic cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in women verified Examiner.com A genetic dysfunction that makes women more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been discovered and verified as a primary cause of the...
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I thought that this was a great article, that we are finally able to locate a cause for PTSD in women. With this knowledge, we can better use available medications to treat the symptoms of PTSD or use types of therapy that specifically target the portions of the brain that are affected.

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The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own ... - ProPublica

The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own ... - ProPublica | PTSD | Scoop.it
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They just didn't know how many: Fully 43 percent of the patients they examined – and more than half of gunshot-wound victims – had signs of PTSD.
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I thought that this was a very interesting article on how pervasive PTSD actually is. The problem is that PTSD often times leads to other problems like depression, suicide, unemployment, and homelessness, but it can be treated. If advocacy for PTSD and PTSD treatment were to rise, it would be beneficial to not only the individual affected but the community as well.

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Talk therapy may reverse biological changes in PTSD patients | PsyPost

Talk therapy may reverse biological changes in PTSD patients | PsyPost | PTSD | Scoop.it
A new paper published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) not only reduces symptoms but also affects the underlying biology of this disorder.
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I think this article shows the amazing plasticity of the brain and the effects that CBT can have in not only treating the symptoms of PTSD, but its ability to effect biological changes.

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Experiential avoidance increases PTSD risk following child maltreatment - Penn State News

Experiential avoidance increases PTSD risk following child maltreatment - Penn State News | PTSD | Scoop.it
Experiential avoidance increases PTSD risk following child maltreatment Penn State News Shenk and his research team found that adolescent girls who experienced maltreatment in the past year and were willing to talk about their painful experiences...
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The fact that child abuse is such a reliable predictor of PTSD could be potentially helpful in certain fields such as military or law enforcement to weed out those that could be susceptible. Granted, this could be seen as a form of discrimination, but at the same time if we can prevent someone from getting a disorder in the first place we should.

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Promising research in Dallas explores new treatment for PTSD - Dallas Morning News

Promising research in Dallas explores new treatment for PTSD - Dallas Morning News | PTSD | Scoop.it
Promising research in Dallas explores new treatment for PTSD Dallas Morning News Preliminary research by a psychologist at the Dallas VA Medical Center suggests doctors may one day be able to cure soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress...
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I thought this was an interesting way to treat PTSD, but I am also worried about where the road of erasing emotions might lead to.

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After IED blast and PTSD, combat veteran’s best medicine is adopted dog

After IED blast and PTSD, combat veteran’s best medicine is adopted dog | PTSD | Scoop.it
An IED blast nearly shattered a three-tour Navy veteran's mind and body, but an adopted dog named Otis has proved to be the best medicine of all. Nate is an active duty Navy corpsman who currently works at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune.
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I think this is an excellent alternative to CBT or medication. There are lots of vets that don't feel comfortable with opening up with a psychologist or don't like the way that medication makes them feel.

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Wash. chief designs program to teach recognition of PTSD - Police News

Wash. chief designs program to teach recognition of PTSD - Police News | PTSD | Scoop.it
Wash. chief designs program to teach recognition of PTSD Police News While it was the news headlines that first drew retired Olympia police sergeant and current Tenino Chief John Hutchings' attention to the issue, it was when his own son returned...
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I think it is great that police agencies are teaching their officers on how to recognize and handle different mental disorders. This has been seriously lacking and has often lead to many senseless deaths.

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Civilians develop PTSD at same rate as soldiers - KXXV News Channel 25

Civilians develop PTSD at same rate as soldiers - KXXV News Channel 25 | PTSD | Scoop.it
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Civilians develop PTSD at same rate as soldiers
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The story about the soldier who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a war deployment is common, but we rarely hear about the civilians.
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I thought this was very interesting. I was aware that there are other triggers besides combat for PTSD, but it is a common misconception that PTSD only affects soldiers or at least at a much higher rate than civilians.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Awareness - Psychological Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Awareness - Psychological Treatment | PTSD | Scoop.it
Most research shows early intervention after a traumatic event can reduce the symptoms of PTSD. For more information on PTSD – please click here   Be Sociable, Share! Tweet (PTSD like you´ve never seen before!
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Although this is a very broad description of PTSD, it does provide for a basic understanding of what PTSD is, what causes it, what it looks like, and how it's treated.

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U.S. Military Embraces Yoga To Ease War's Physical, Emotional Wounds

U.S. Military Embraces Yoga To Ease War's Physical, Emotional Wounds | PTSD | Scoop.it
For a decade, troops returning from war with mental and physical trauma have been dosed with cocktails of numbing drugs and corralled into talk-therapy sessions, often with civilian clinicians who have no experience in combat and its aftereffects.
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I thought this article was very interesting. It is often difficult for people to open up to clinicians about possible PTSD, especially if they don't believe that the clinician can actually understand their situation. This method has been shown to help without subjecting the victim to a myriad of drugs or invasive questions.

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