How a University of Vermont study is helping us better understand PTSD

Dec 14, 2019 by

Post-traumatic stress disorder gets a spotlight in new University of Vermont study. Researchers take an innovative approach in mapping the condition.

Trauma victims can experience the aftershocks for years after an incident. New research from the University of Vermont tackles the condition at its starting point.

A UVM study pointed out that almost a quarter of people who suffered trauma will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a news release from the university.

The research, published in Depression and Anxiety, highlights how to determine who might be vulnerable to the condition and ways to intercept it early.

People who experience the condition could be impacted by low mood and intrusive thoughts, among other negative outcomes from trauma.

UVM is first of its kind: New way to get info on PTSD

The research gains information from people who suffered trauma as early as possible. The UVM study is currently “the first to gather extensive data from trauma victims during the first 30 days.”

“Getting PTSD is not like the flu where you wake up one day with a virus and feel sick,” said Matthew Price, an associate professor at UVM and lead author of the study, according to the news release. “It’s a complex system where a range of symptoms develop, build on themselves and influence each other over time.”

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