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Returning Military Dads Often Struggle to Reconnect With Kids

March 12, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fathers returning home after military service can have difficulty reconnecting with their young children, a small new study suggests.
It included 14 American fathers who were returning from combat deployment and had children aged 6 and younger. Most of the fathers belonged to the Michigan Army National Guard.
The fathers [...]

Moving Out of Poor Neighborhood May Disrupt Boys’ Mental Health: Study

March 5, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Boys, but not girls, tend to suffer more from depression and conduct disorder after moving from a poor neighborhood to a better one, a new study says.
Conduct disorder includes acting-out behaviors such as bullying, fighting, cruelty to people or animals, damaging property, cutting school and [...]

Psychiatric Ills Widespread Among U.S. Soldiers: Studies

March 3, 2014

MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Three new studies suggest that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers suffer from some type of mental health issue, at rates higher than those seen in the general population.
“Some of the differences in disorder rates are truly remarkable,” Ronald Kessler, a professor of health care policy at Harvard [...]

College Drinking May Aggravate PTSD Symptoms

January 31, 2014

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — College students with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than other students, potentially worsening their symptoms and leading them to drink even more, new research suggests.
It’s estimated that 9 percent of all college students suffer from PTSD, an anxiety disorder that can develop after [...]

No Rise of PTSD Seen in Children With Cancer

January 21, 2014

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with cancer are no more likely than other children to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, new research finds.
And the children may even benefit in terms of developing empathy and emotional closeness, the researchers said.
“These results should be very reassuring to childhood cancer patients and their families,” said study [...]

Could Ecstasy Help People With Anxiety, PTSD?

January 17, 2014

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve discovered how the club drug Ecstasy acts on the brain, and their findings suggest the drug might be useful in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The study included 25 volunteers who underwent two functional MRI brain scans — one after taking Ecstasy (MDMA) and one [...]

Therapy That Confronts Trauma of Sexual Abuse Helped Teen Girls With PTSD

December 24, 2013

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 24, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Teen girls struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from sexual abuse do well when treated with a type of therapy that asks them to repeatedly confront their traumatic memories, according to a small new study.
The study’s results suggest that “prolonged exposure therapy,” which is approved [...]

Brain Injuries Tied to PTSD in Marines

December 11, 2013

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Active-duty Marines who suffer a traumatic brain injury face significantly higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study.
Other factors that raise the risk include severe pre-deployment symptoms of post-traumatic stress and high combat intensity, researchers report.
But even after [...]

Military Contractors Suffer High Rates of PTSD, Study Finds

December 10, 2013

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
Researchers conducted an anonymous online survey of 660 contractors who had been deployed to a conflict zone at least [...]

PTSD Might Lead to Sizable Weight Gain in Women

November 20, 2013

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the condition, a new study suggests.
According to the researchers, one in nine women will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in her life. That’s twice as often as [...]


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