In this week’s Staff Perspective, we’re going to take a quick look at a few interesting stories from around the Web.
“Fight your nightmares for a better night’s sleep”: This article discusses the prevalence of nightmares in Service members and Veterans and their link to PTSD. It also briefly covers Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) and how it can be used to treat nightmares.
“PTSD disability Claims by vets tripled in the last decade”: Over 20% of all Veterans receiving disability benefits from the Veterans Affairs department are suffering from PTSD. The increase in claims is reportedly from a 2010 decision to relax rules regarding PTSD diagnoses. Despite the increase, some officials worry that the rules may still be excluding many more Vets.
“Brain Pattern May Predict Psychotherapy Response in PTSD ”: Brain activation patterns may help predict which patients with PTSD may benefit most from Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). The article also discusses a study which found that PE led to notable changes in brain activation “related to improvements in PTSD symptom scores and psychological well-being.”
“A suicide attempt in an Army unit can lead to more, study finds”: A new study published in the JAMA Psychiatry suggests that previous suicide attempts in an Army unit increase the odds of future suicide attempts for other soldiers in that unit.
“PTSD May Be Physical, Not Just Psychological”: This article examines a study that suggests there are physical differences in the brains of those who develop PTSD after sustaining a mild Traumatic Brain Injury, compared to those with mTBIs who do not develop PTSD. This may provide means for a screening tool to help predict those most at risk for developing PTSD.