The following is a factsheet from the VA’s Research Advances Series titled “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)“, published in September, 2007:
VA’s Office of Research & Development supports a strong program of research directed to understanding, treating, and preventing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is an unrelenting biological reaction to the experience of a traumatic event. In the case of veterans, the trauma may occur from combat duty or other experiences where one’s safety or life is threatened. VA researchers have long been leaders in discovering new advances for treating and understanding PTSD. The photo came with the article in 2007 I found a larger version here They title it “Prayer”. I don’t know who the original photographer was.
Examples of VA research advances
Drug already used by millions may be effective in the treatment of PTSD - In an exciting new treatment development, VA researchers found that prazosin, an inexpensive generic drug already used by millions of Americans for high blood pressure and prostate problems, improved sleep and reduced trauma nightmares in a small number of veterans with PTSD. Plans are under way for a large, multi-site trial to confirm the drug’s effectiveness.
Prolonged-exposure therapy effective in treatment of women veterans with PTSD- VA researchers found that prolonged-exposure therapy – in which therapists helped them recall their trauma memories under safe, controlled conditions-was effective in reducing PTSD symptoms in women veterans who have developed PTSD as the result of sexual trauma in the military, and that such reductions remained stable over time. Women who received prolonged-exposure therapy had greater reductions of PTSD symptoms than women who received only emotional support and counseling focused on current problems. This approach may be tested in, and applied to, other PTSD populations.
First ever clinical trial for the treatment of military service-related chronic PTSD- The largest study of its kind, involving 400 veterans from 20 VA medical centers nationwide, is being conducted to determine if risperidone, a medication already shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of PTSD, is also effective in veterans with chronic PTSD who continue to have symptoms despite receiving standard medications used for this disorder.
Facts About PTSD:
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can affect people who have experienced life-threatening events, such as combat, a terrorist attack, or a personal assault. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, depression, and social withdrawal, as well as physical health changes. Treatment often includes anti-anxiety drugs or other medication, as well as exposure therapy, a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy in which patients recall their traumas in a safe setting and gradually learn to adjust their emotional response. VA Research has long been leaders in making new advances for treating and understanding PTSD.
Research & Development
Oldtimer’s Comment: There are 17 of these factsheets. Below is a linked list of them. You may find something of interest in one or more of them. For example, PTSD is mentioned in several.
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