post-traumatic stress disorder

Do stress-related disorders raise the risk of infections?

Having a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another stress-related condition may increase the risk of acquiring certain infections, according to a new study. Despite what some 17th century philosophers taught us, our minds and bodies are not separate entities. In fact, modern scientific research is drawing more and more attention…

Parental PTSD affects health behavior and aging among offspring of Holocaust survivors

A new study on intergenerational transmission of trauma has found evidence that Holocaust survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their adult offspring exhibit more unhealthy behavior patterns and age less successfully in comparison to survivors with no signs of PTSD or parents who did not experience the Holocaust and…

Study investigates how MDMA affects cooperation and trust

The drug MDMA makes people more cooperative toward those they trust, according to new research. The finding offers new insights into how MDMA could aid the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Commonly known as ecstasy or Molly, MDMA is a synthetic compound that alters perception and mood by changing brain…

Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?

According to some observers, anxiety is now snowballing in the United States. So, in this Spotlight, we ask whether anxiety truly is becoming more prevalent in the West and, if so, what may be causing it. For many, anxiety is an ever-present uninvited guest; in our circle of friends, among family members,…

Man’s best friend helps soldiers with PTSD

Fox News According to the Veteran’s Administration, 800,000 returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—and less than half will get the help they need.  But lately, these soldiers are getting a little help from man’s best friend. Kate Revels was one of…