Psychiatry News Releases

New Research on Combat Veteran Twins Unlocks Brain Mysteries of PTSD

Study presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting

09/Dec/2008

A decade-long study among identical twins with and without combat experience has provided new information on brain abnormalities found in people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study is the first to identify the origin of changes in the brain related to PTSD among combat veterans, and researchers say it represents a major step forward in determining whether such changes are acquired from the traumatic experience alone or whether the individuals also have an underlying physical predisposition to the disorder.

Link to full release from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology:

http://www.acnp.org/asset.axd?id=4a282cc7-331b-4cff-9a40-c0d2834a8d5e

Media Contacts: Sue McGreevey, smcgreevey@partners.org

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