Researchers Develop New Treatment for PTSD

by Staff | July 31st, 2015

One of the leading conditions affecting soldiers and veterans who have returned from duties overseas is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our Indiana veterans disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it’s estimated that at least 540,000 service members who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have came home with the condition.

PTSD can be identified by symptoms such as:

  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased anxiety
  • Hypervigilance
  • Substance abuse

With so many of our nation’s veterans suffering from PTSD, it’s crucial that we develop new and better ways to treat the condition and that’s precisely what a team of researchers at Indiana University is working towards.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the group is in the process of developing an innovative PTSD treatment that works by affecting chemicals in the brain.

Glutamate is a chemical that is released in the brain when traumatic events are experienced. The team has found a way to safely block the chemical in the brain, which can weaken traumatic memories and enforce more favorable memories. Officials say the research could be used in the development of new medications, which could be released within three to four years.

Giving our veterans and soldiers the care that they deserve is important to our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s why we’re hopeful this research can be used to benefit the members of our nation’s armed forces in the near future.

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