Brain scans pinpoint stress disorder in war veterans

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 20, 2010 - 12:57 AM

Study shows that certain brain signals can indicate stress disorder.

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swhansberryJan. 20, 10 6:17 AM

is because it is not a simple disorder. Inventing simple tests leads to simple solutions, usually pharmacological in nature. Talk therapy, and community support, wins every time. Doctors, unplug the machines, and listen to your patients.

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riversonJan. 20, 10 6:40 AM

With this diagnostic tool, if we can identify vets with PTSD. Now we can realize the scope of the problem and can focus on treatment options. Vets won't have to struggle to achieve a diagnosis that has often been hard find.

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mockscrapeJan. 20, 10 9:04 AM

I wonder if US Troops returning from the disposal of 114 million Native Americans (this continent was not known as America prior to the arrival of western Europeans) suffered post traumatic stress disorder?

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Hippie momJan. 20, 10 9:19 AM

One of the hardest things about having PTSD is the feeling that somehow you could just make it better if you could think differently. It took me years to accept that my brain chemistry had been altered by the assault that I experienced. I have long believed that that extreme stress damaged the amygdala (the source in the brain that processes on a primal level:Am I in danger? and then prompts the body to act accordingly, freezing or fleeing)and causes it to misfire. During the criminal trial, I kept saying to people: there is no way to e-ray a psyche, i.e. no way to clearly and viscerally show the shatters that PTSD leaves you in. Now there is--this is marvelous!

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oimmigrationJan. 20, 1011:16 AM

its a new device and he says its perfectly safe. how can he say that??? only time can tell if its safe, and in the meantime i remain skeptical of its safety, and you should too.

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