A memory-enhancing drug may improve the speed and effectiveness of prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, according to a new pilot study by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania.
When presented with images of faces depicting various emotional states, people who look briefly at fearful expressions are more vulnerable to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than those who look at the images longer, a finding of particular concern for U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, University of Texas at Austin researchers say.
Working with Fort Hood soldiers, researchers seek factors that predispose service members to posttraumatic stress disorder
Brian Baldwin, a retired army officer and project manager for the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, knows first-hand the consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Michael Telch is the principal investigator of the Texas Combat PTSD Risk Project, a study that seeks to determine factors that predispose service members to PTSD. The study examines… » Continue Reading