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Abuse, PTSD & Trauma

A drug that increases levels of a key endocannabinoid in the brain may be useful for helping patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) unlearn fear, suggests an early-stage study published online in Biological Psychiatry.
Intergenerational and transgenerational trauma are challenges that require practitioners to dig deeper in their assessments beyond just the presenting patient and his/her nuclear family, says Alex Ribbentrop, MSW, LCSW, CFTP, owner and psychotherapist at Live Free Psychotherapy.
Taking psychiatric medication did not hamper weight loss in people who participated in a structured weight loss program, researchers recently reported online in the journal Obesity.
Adults who experienced maltreatment as children perceive social stimuli such as touch and interpersonal distance differently than adults who did not experience childhood maltreatment, a study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry reports.
Blood samples taken hours after trauma exposure may help identify who is most at risk for developing chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry found.
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