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Science in Seconds - PTSD

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RUMOURS - PTSD Rheanna Sand: Vietnam, Iraq: beautiful countries, with rich cultural histories. But, for some reason, soldiers who return from these places often have difficulty adjusting. Until now, there's been a lack of physical evidence for the condition we all know as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. But new research proves PTSD is not a purely psychological phenomenon. Neuroscientists at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center have used a brain-scanning technique called magneto encephalography, or MEG, to spot patterns of activity, and can predict with about 90% accuracy those patients reporting PTSD symptoms. MEG is like an MRI or a CT scan, but much faster. It can record information in milliseconds, rather than once per second, like the older technologies. Using this more sensitive machine with the right biomarkers, researchers can see real differences in PTSD brains. This finding will obviously shatter any remaining misconceptions that PTSD sufferers can just snap out of it. It will also lead to better treatments, now that a more scientific measure of the disorder exists. One of the more controversial ideas is administering MDMA, also known as the party drug Ecstasy, to PTSD patients, letting them experience, according to one proponent, quote, "years of therapy in a few hours." A few sweaty, thirsty hours to be sure, but at least it's not all in your head anymore. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 50 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 61
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

Now that post-traumatic stress can be measured in the brain, will it be taken seriously?

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