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NIMH: Prevention Research Continues

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It was over a year ago when we first discussed how prevention efforts were becoming the top priority of mental health researchers. Well that hasn’t changed. Since December 2009 (when we first discussed prevention on this blog), the types of traumatic events that triggered PTSD in some people haven’t stopped; unfortunately they’ll never stop.

The conflicts in the Middle East rage on, one of the worst earthquakes in history destroyed parts of Haiti, and viscous violence, like the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, infiltrate our society on a far-too-often basis.

These are just some of the reasons why the research continues into forming a better understanding of why certain individuals react differently to traumatic events. The NIMH has dedicated years to researching traumatic stress reactions, as well as ways to determine which individuals may be more susceptible to long-term mental health issues stemming from traumatic stress.

I really encourage everyone to watch the “Speaking of Science Series — Discussion on PTSD” video from the NIMH. It’s only about 11 minutes long, but both Dr. Robert Heinssen and Dr. Farris Tuma of the NIMH explain how the emergence of prevention has greatly served to increase their industry’s fight, especially within the U.S. military, against traumatic reactions to stress.

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Written by traumalines

January 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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