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Science News About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

NIMH-Funded Study to Track the Effects of Trauma

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By carefully tracking 5,000 people after they have experienced a traumatic event, a just-launched NIMH-funded study aims to provide a finely detailed map of the array of factors that play a role in the development of mental disorders that occur in the wake of trauma.

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Attention-Control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets’ PTSD Symptoms

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A video game that implicitly taught combat vets that threatening stimuli are irrelevant to performing their task reduced their PTSD symptoms.

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Girls Thrive Emotionally, Boys Falter After Move to Better Neighborhood

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Girls in public housing benefited emotionally from a move to a better neighborhood while boys fared worse than if they’d stayed in the poor neighborhood. Rates of depression and conduct disorder markedly increased in boys and decreased in girls. Boys also experienced significantly increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complicating housing policy decision-making.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Learn about post-traumatic stress disorder by joining NIMH’s Farris Tuma for a Twitter chat.

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Threat Bias Interacts with Combat, Gene to Boost PTSD Risk

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Excess attention to avoidance of threat – depending on the situation – can increase risk for PTSD, suggests a new study.

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