PTSD

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One of the practical issues in doing neuroscience in humans is that you have a problem determining causation. Say I do an imaging study with a neurological disease and find that the activity in a certain brain region is consistently lower. Do I know whether that reduced activity is causing the disease or whether it…

There was a debate in the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for some time about whether the shrinkage observed in the hippocampus — a structure involved in learning and memory — was the result of the stress or was a vulnerability factor for the disease. We know that high levels of cortisol — a stress hormone…

Women more susceptible to PTSD

Women are more susceptible to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) even when the type of the stressful event is controlled for: Males experience more traumatic events on average than do females, yet females are more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a review of 25 years of research reported in…