Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Ptsd Research, Stress Disorder Research, Traumatic Stress Research, Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research, Shell Shock Research, Stress Syndrome Research, Railway Spine Research, Traumatic War Neurosis Research, Battle Fatigue Research, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Research)

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Related Research

PTSD AND SLEEP DISTURBANCES

According to a study conducted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec more than 2/3 of patients with PTSD reported a significant sleep disturbance that highly correlates with the PTSD symptom severity. The structured clinical interview for DSM IV and a series of questionnaires was administered to the subject of the research. The outcome of the study revealed that the sleep quality of an affected person has a significant impact on the severity and perceived mental health of persons with PTSD, regardless of the controlled compounding variables involved such as the socio-demographic data, psychiatric comorbidities, trauma related characteristics etc. Because the study highlighted the effect of the quality of sleep that an affected person gets from the severity of the symptoms of PTSD it is highly suggestive to explore interventions focusing on sleep in order to optimize the treatment for PTSD. 11

CHRONIC PTSD AND ATYPICAL ANTI-PSYCHOSIS

The Department of Psychiatry, Ralph H Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Medical University of South Carolina studied the role of atypical anti-psychotic drugs for chronic PTSD. The current common treatment for PTSD includes psychotherapy and anti-depressant drugs, but they found that some patients are refractory to this treatment while others showed partial response. Clinicians combine psychotropic agents and psychotherapeutic approaches in order to enhance the treatment response. The studies showed improvement of the symptoms clusters of the disorder with improvement on the comorbid psychotic symptoms, but more research is needed in order to support the role effectiveness of atypical anti-psychotic drugs in the treatment of chronic PTSD. However, there are indications on the possible use of this drug in the treatment in the chronic PTSD and its associated psychotic features.

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Panic Disorder – Panic Attack, Anxiety, On-Going Irrational Worry
Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Anxiety, Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Fear to be Judge by Others, Fear of Social Interaction