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  • How a longevity gene protects brain stem cells from stress February 19, 2021
    A gene linked to unusually long lifespans in humans protects brain stem cells from the harmful effects of stress, according to a new study.
  • Long-term stress linked to increased risk of heart attack February 10, 2021
    Can long-term stress lead to heart attacks? Most people would probably answer in the affirmative, but the scientific evidence of this is scarce. A new study reveals that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were increased in the months preceding a heart attack. The results suggest that long-term stress is a risk factor for […]
  • Genetic analysis of symptoms yields new insights into PTSD January 28, 2021
    A new study uncovers intriguing genetic similarities between PTSD and other mental health disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The findings also suggest that existing drugs commonly used for other disorders might be modified to help treat individual symptoms of multiple disorders.
  • Unlocking PTSD: New study reveals why trauma-focused psychotherapy treatment works January 27, 2021
    Trauma-focused psychotherapy is the best-known treatment for PTSD. But how does it work? A researcher may have found the answer by exploring how different parts of the brain talk to one another.
  • Depression in new fathers connected to relationship insecurities January 22, 2021
    Becoming a parent often brings great joy, but not always. Parenthood also entails challenges, stress and, for some people, it can trigger depression. A new study shows that male postnatal depression is more common in men who are insecure in their relationship with their partner.
  • PTSD link to pandemic fears January 22, 2021
    A new study of 1040 online participants from five western countries explores people's response to the stresses of the escalating pandemic, finding more than 13 percent of the sample had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms consistent with levels necessary to qualify for a clinical diagnosis.
  • Drinking during COVID-19 up among people with anxiety and depression January 19, 2021
    People with anxiety and depression are more likely to report an increase in drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic than those without mental health issues, according to a new study.
  • More than half of COVID-19 health care workers at risk for mental health problems January 12, 2021
    A new study suggests more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and insomnia. The researchers found that the risk of these mental health conditions was comparable to rates observed […]
  • Fragmented sleep patterns can predict vulnerability to chronic stress January 12, 2021
    New research used an animal model to demonstrate how abnormal sleep architecture can be a predictor of stress vulnerability. These important findings have the potential to inform the development of sleep tests that can help identify who may be susceptible -- or resilient -- to future stress.
  • Brain imaging predicts PTSD after brain injury December 29, 2020
    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder brought on by physical and/or psychological trauma. How its symptoms, including anxiety, depression and cognitive disturbances arise remains incompletely understood and unpredictable. Treatments and outcomes could potentially be improved if doctors could better predict who would develop PTSD. Now, researchers using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have […]