PTSD News Articles

Brain Biomarkers Could Help Identify Those at Risk of Severe PTSD

January 30, 2019 Press Release

This study has shed light on the neurocomputational contributions to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans, finding distinct patterns for how the brain and body respond to learning danger and safety depending on the severity of PTSD symptoms.

A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

August 8, 2018 Science Update

Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that a shorter therapy (written exposure therapy) may be just as effective as lengthier first-line treatments for PTSD.

Imaging Pinpoints Brain Circuits Changed by PTSD Therapy

July 18, 2017 Science Update

Using brain imaging to track the effects of treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scientists have identified a brain circuit on which a frequently used and effective psychotherapy (prolonged exposure) acts to quell symptoms. The findings help explain why the neural circuit identified is a promising target for additional treatment development, including brain stimulation therapies.

  Predicting Suicide Attempts and Suicide Deaths Using Electronic Health Records

July 12, 2018 Science Update

Researchers have developed a new prediction model that substantially outperforms existing self-report tools used to predict an individual’s risk of a suicide attempt or dying by suicide.

 Brain’s Alertness Circuitry Conserved Through Evolution

November 2, 2017 Press Release

Using a molecular method likely to become widely adopted by the field, researchers have discovered brain circuitry essential for alertness – and for brain states more generally.

NIMH-Funded Study to Track the Effects of Trauma

October 17, 2016 Science Update

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.

Attention-Control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets’ PTSD Symptoms

July 24, 2015 Science Update

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