MONDAY, May 15, 2017 -- Combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a stepped-up "fight or flight" response, which researchers say may explain why PTSD boosts the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
PTSD can occur among civilians but is nearly twice as widespread in the military.
FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 -- People who tend to ruminate and dwell on the same anxious thoughts could benefit from mindful meditation, a new study finds.
Mindful meditation involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, found that just 10 minutes daily of mindful meditation can improve focus among people suffering from anxiety.
WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 -- Surviving trauma such as assault, rape or wartime combat can leave a person emotionally devastated. Now, new research suggests your genes may help determine whether you go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"Our finding that PTSD is heritable suggests that our genes contain clues for why some people develop PTSD and others do not, despite having experienced a similar event," said lead researcher Karestan Koenen.
TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 -- Ignorance, myths and stigma are still common among Americans when it comes to mental health, a new survey finds.
The web-based survey of nearly 4,600 people nationwide revealed that less than half can recognize anxiety. Most people don't know what to do about depression even if they recognize it. And nearly 80 percent don't believe prescription drug abuse is a treatable problem.