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Medical Research Study says – PTSD must be considered as a systemic disorder

Apr 11, 2017

Medical Research Study says – PTSD must be considered as a systemic disorder

A novel research study discovers that adults who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more vulnerable to acquiring gastrointestinal problems, sleep issues (sleep apnea), cardiovascular diseases and several other health conditions. Intrinsically, researchers believe that post-traumatic stress disorder must be regarded as systemic disorder, rather than just a psychological condition.

In accordance with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 7 to 8 percent of the United States populations go through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives.

PTSD generally develops on account of experiencing a dangerous, life-threatening, shocking event, and it is specifically common amongst people in the military.

 PTSD has several symptoms such as nightmares, tense feelings, flashbacks of the horrific event, scary and frightening thoughts, avoiding going to places which might bring back memories pertaining to the incident.

In an experimental study, the medical researchers looked upon the overall health of 298 veterans from the Australian Vietnam war, and 108 of those veterans suffered from PTSD.

The CEO of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, Miriam Dwyer says that the research team discovered a broad range of health conditions amongst the veterans.

A research study of Australian Vietnam War veterans, released in the Medical Journal of Australia, has witnessed that PTSD is not entirely psychological. In fact it affects cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems too.

Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, Professor Alexander McFarlane states the incapability to treat the biological symptoms of PTSD has not served well with patients.

Prof McFarlane published in the editorial, "The limited effectiveness of evidence-based psychological interventions in people with PTSD, particularly in veteran populations, highlights the need to develop biological therapies that address the underlying neurophysiological and immune dysregulation associated with PTSD."

The published report revealed that the average number of comorbidities was more between veterans with PTSD than the controls at 17.7 and 14.1, respectively.

The research authors wrote, "For 24 of 171 assessed clinical outcomes, morbidity was greater in the PTSD group, including for conditions of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, sleep disorders, and laboratory pathology measures." The concluding sample comprised of 106 controls who were trauma-exposed veterans who did not have PTSD, and 108 veterans who had been diagnosed with PTSD.

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