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March 23, 2011 — Early administration of low-dose hydrocortisone in the emergency department may reduce the risk for subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in adult patients with severe trauma and may be particularly effective in those without a history of mental health treatment, results from a small pilot study suggest.

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Street criminals are selective about their victims. Unfortunately, many of us unwittingly give off signals that mark us as easy targets.

 

Midnight in New Orleans. Lisa Z. was walking home from the French Quarter hotel where she works when three men stepped around a corner and stopped in front of her. When she tried to cross the street to get away, the men charged after her. "One guy clotheslined me," she recalls, "then choked me, threw me on the sidewalk, and jammed a chrome, snub-nosed .38 revolver against my cheekbone." Lisa was kicked, robbed, and then told not to move or she'd be shot in the face.

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ScienceDaily (2011-02-23) -- High blood levels of a hormone produced in response to stress are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in women but not men, a study has found. The hormone, called PACAP is known to act throughout the body and the brain, modulating central nervous system activity, metabolism, blood pressure, pain sensitivity and immune function. The identification of PACAP as an indicator of PTSD may lead to new diagnostic tools and eventually, to new treatments for anxiety disorders.
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Bret Stetka, MD; Richard H. Weisler, MD; Henry A. Nasrallah, MD; Harold Kudler, MD

Posted: 02/10/2011

Since September 11th, 2001, roughly 2.2 million American service members have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. As a result, the Veteran's Administration (VA) has seen 167,000 new cases of related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 195,000 cases of depressive conditions and affective psychoses, and 103,000 cases of anxiety disorders. Worse still, the suicide rate in the Army and Marine Corps has, for the first time on record, reached that of the civilian population. With 2 ongoing wars and a growing pool of returning veterans, effective psychiatric care for our active and former military personnel is crucial. Yet with the exception of military and VA psychiatrists, few clinicians receive training on the unique challenges associated with delivering mental healthcare to this population.

Medscape recently interviewed psychiatrists Dr. Harold Kudler, Dr. Richard H. Weisler, and Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah on the history of psychiatric care in the military, the magnitude and impact of mental illness in active military personnel and veterans, and means of improving care in our venerable service men and women.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect soldiers after combat or ordinary people who have undergone harrowing experiences. Of course, feelings of anxiety are normal and even desirable - they are part of what helps us survive in a world of real threats. But no less crucial is the return to normal - the slowing of the heartbeat and relaxation of tension - after the threat has passed. People who have a hard time "turning off" their stress response are candidates for post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well as anorexia, anxiety disorders and depression.

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By Peter Strong, Ph.D.
Created Jan 31 2011 - 1:07pm

Panic disorder affects between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women. We all experience panic at some time in our lives, but those suffering from panic disorder experience panic attacks on a daily basis, and this form of anxiety can severely reduce the quality of life, making even simple activities like grocery shopping unmanageable. In its most severe form this crippling form of anxiety can lead to agoraphobia, a very intense fear of going beyond the safety zone of one’s own home. In such severe cases, it is wise to seek medical help.

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    Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 40 million American adults. There are five major anxiety disorders; you may experience one, two or more of these conditions simultaneously.
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    People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. They may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily started.

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