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