Pre-war vulnerability is just as important as combat-related trauma in predicting whether veterans’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be long-lasting, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Researcher Bruce Dohrenwend and colleagues at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public More

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

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