New Research & New Results Could Save People With PTSD

Something science has struggled with traditionally are human nuances. Sure, science can break us down to our base DNA and explain how everything inside of us works. But, what about matters of the mind and emotions? If science were more scientific, so to speak in dealing with those problems, we would be able to create the perfect pill, treatment, etc., for those struggling with emotional issues. Maybe we’re on the precipice of that occurring.

First of its kind of research on PTSD was just completed with an initial test of 165,000 military veterans who faced similar circumstances. Using genomics and computer modeling, there were eight different DNA differences detected for vets who suffered from PTSD. Scientists were able to identify genetic catalysts for those who suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. They were then able to track these issues down to three different chromosome locations in the brain that were triggered after traumatic events causing the effects of PTSD. Of those three they were able to boil it down to one gene known as CRHR1. 

The bottom line from this study is that it appears there are genetic predispositions to PTSD that events can trigger and understanding the risk level of individuals could help provide specific treatments in the future. Ideally, if the testing becomes routine, it could be used by the military and other professions where the risk of trauma is high. Between 11% to 20% of military veterans suffer from PTSD and the suicide rate is highest among vets suffering from the condition. This new research is breaking through to the premise of the issue which could be far more effective than attempting to treat symptoms for those suffering from PTSD. 

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