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PTSD Risk From Combat Linked With Childhood Violence: Study

Scientific American: War is hell. And for many soldiers, the experience leaves lasting scars. And not just physical ones. A subset of veterans develop posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. But it might not be only the horrors of battle that make them susceptible. According to a study in the journal More

Soldiers’ stress may start early

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Childhood abuse and previous exposure to violence may raise a soldier’s risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study says. Researchers followed 746 Danish soldiers before, during, and after deployment to Afghanistan; 84 percent of them showed no PTSD symptoms or recovered quickly from mild More

Embattled Childhoods May Be the Real Trauma for Soldiers With PTSD

New research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood – not combat – may predict which soldiers develop the disorder. Psychological scientist Dorthe Berntsen of Aarhus University in Denmark and a team of More