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Study links weak immune systems, PTSD

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 25, 2010

By Kelly Kennedy –    Navy Times
Posted : Thursday May 20, 2010 13:54:13 EDT

A study shows that there may be a reason that those with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder deal with more physical health issues as they age: Their immune system has been compromised.

The study is yet more evidence to support the idea that people with PTSD go through chemical changes after a psychological injury.

Lead author Monica Uddin, a researcher with the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her colleagues began with the theory that the increase in physical health issues — such as heart disease — in those with PTSD may come from immune system problems.  Read the full story here

One Response to “Study links weak immune systems, PTSD”

  1. Marlo said

    Well I have to say it is about time they start to look at more then one reason for PTSD. Like I have said for years now it is the defense of our brain to begin to shut down and hold us in place when it is damaged. NOW READ THESE WORDS DAMAGED. Until the doctors, insurance companies and overseers start to realize the damage they are doing to people not allowing them to get the treatments many need the unknown damage to the brain may never be fixed.
    I can tell you that the road back is hard, sometimes long but you can come back. With the right doctors, treatment and the support of those who have been entrusted with the care. There are always bumps in the road to recovery but those with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries can over come the bumps in the road to recovery. It is the mountains that ignorance of others in the recovery process that makes recovery so hard.
    I have been silent for a while recovering myself. I have hit a few bumps. BUT I AM BACK and full of fight again.

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