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  • PMS and MST Co-Occur with Pain in Women Veterans

    PMS and MST Co-Occur with Pain in Women Veterans

    Women veterans are more likely than men to experience military sexual trauma (MST) which often results in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Women are also more likely to experience pain. Women with severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS, symptoms right before menstruation that often include anxiety and depression) are more sensitive to pain than those without PMS. Pain and PTSD together cause worse PMS symptoms and distress than either by itself and may be worse when women have a history of sexual abuse.

     
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  • Gene Variant May Increase Psychiatric Risk After TBI

    Gene Variant May Increase Psychiatric Risk After TBI

    A variant of the APOE gene may be linked to worse psychiatric symptoms in people who have had a traumatic brain injury, found a VA San Diego Healthcare System study. Study participants with both the gene variant and at least one TBI had more severe symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression than comparison participants.

     
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  • Overcoming feelings of Guilt and Shame Associated with Combat Related PTSD

    Overcoming feelings of Guilt and Shame Associated with Combat Related PTSD

    Dr. Norman and her team developed a psychotherapy treatment aimed at changing thoughts and behaviors that become associated with post-traumatic guilt. Their intervention helps Veterans re-evaluate their behaviors with these changed ways of thinking and reasoning. It also focuses on identifying and clarifying personal values and helping the Veteran set plans to re-engage and live according to values in a meaningful way.

     
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  • Compassion Meditation for PTSD

    Compassion Meditation for PTSD

    Dr. Ariel Lang, Acting Director of CESAMH, and her collaborators have developed a compassion meditation practice for Veterans with PTSD. The main goal of compassion meditation is to foster compassion for and connectedness to other individuals, wishing both oneself and others freedom from suffering and satisfaction with their life. Veterans are viewing the program favorably, and early results show that it may help reduce PTSD symptoms.

     
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  • Mantram Repetition Program for Symptom and Stress Management

    Mantram Repetition Program for Symptom and Stress Management

    Many trauma-informed, evidence-based therapeutic interventions for PTSD have high drop-out rates and may not appeal […]

     
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  • Dr. Amy Jak and research assistant Mark Sanderson-Cimino review the SMART-CPT protocols. (Photo by Kevin Walsh)

    Treating TBI and PTSD together

    Researchers are combining an evidence-based PTSD treatment called cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with a relatively new approach to mTBI called Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy, or CogSMART for short.

     
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  • Genes influence brain cortex structure

    Genes influence brain cortex structure

    Evidence for a genetic influence on a brain structure critical to intelligence was reported Monday in a study by Norwegian and UC San Diego researchers. Researchers found that changes in the thickness of the brain’s cortex, the seat of cognition, are linked to its genetically determined organization.

     
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  • A group of Marines are seen on patrol with members of the Afghan army, on November 17, 2010.

    Reduced Heart Rate Variability May Indicate Greater Vulnerability to PTSD

    ​A prospective longitudinal study of U.S. Marines suggests that reduced heart rate variability – the changing time interval between heartbeats – may be a contributing risk factor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

     
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  • PsychArmor Institute: Press Conference and Open House

    PsychArmor Institute: Press Conference and Open House

    CESAMH’s Associate Director of Education and Dissemination, Dr. Carie Rodgers, speaks to elected officials, military, regional Veteran wellness community, and business representatives about the need to serve Veterans who do not receive care at the VA.

     
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  • Serving Those Who Serve

    Serving Those Who Serve

    The University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) hosted its first “Serving Those Who Serve: Improving Mental Health Care for Service Members and Their Families” summit on July 10, 2015.

     
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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Accelerated Aging

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Accelerated Aging

    In recent years, public health concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have risen significantly, driven in part by affected military Veterans returning from conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. PTSD is associated with [a] number of psychological maladies, among them chronic depression, anger, insomnia, eating disorders and substance abuse.

     
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  • Gene Networks for Innate Immunity Linked to PTSD Risk

    Gene Networks for Innate Immunity Linked to PTSD Risk

    Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in New York and the United Kingdom, have identified genetic markers, derived from blood samples that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The markers are associated with gene networks that regulate innate immune function and interferon signaling.

     
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