There's data to support the notion that pot, or a drug based on its active ingredient, could help ease the fears of PTSD.
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December 24, 2013 The use of marijuana for PTSD has gained national attention in the past few years as thousands of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have asked the federal government to give them access to the drug. Marijuana's active ingredient has been shown to calm the brain's fear circuits. Of course, there are drawbacks and side effects to contend with.
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Anne Jones, 62, and Robin Jones, 73, at their home in Menlo Park, Calif. He took a test that revealed proteins typical of Alzheimer's disease.
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July 8, 2013 There are tests for heart attacks and diabetes, but few for brain disorders. Researchers are trying to change that, but are finding the hunt for biomarkers for mental illness to be a tough slog. Tests on the market, like ones for Alzheimer's, are not conclusive.
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Insomnia, feeling isolated, and bursts of anger are symptoms of the anxiety disorder known as PTSD.
June 20, 2013 The fear and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by medical crises like a stroke or heart attack, researchers say. They think that's partly due to the life-threatening medical emergency, and partly due to the chaos of the American health care system.
Some patients with PTSD suffer recurring nightmares of a single event.
January 16, 2012 Some people suffering from PTSD have recurring nightmares of a single, traumatic event. Researchers are focusing on a specific event during sleep that may be causing the disturbing dream cycle.
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July 28, 2011 Suffering from PTSD? To borrow a phrase you've likely never heard, there's an app for that, too. Tablets and smartphones may be making their way onto the battlefield soon as well. Producer Priska Neely is, once again, blown away by technology.
June 2, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, understanding PTSD, and medical research on chimps. In the second hour, the risks and benefits of fracking, and the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.
May 11, 2011 It takes, on average, more than four years for veterans to get a disability claim processed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Each day, an average of 18 veterans commit suicide.
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