Psychiatrists treating patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sometimes have trouble finding the proper therapy method to help individual patients.  This diagnosis is still somewhat of a mystery in terms of how to treat it, and more patients are presenting with symptoms that doctors are trying to cure.  A new study shows that PTSD may manifest itself as a change in the brain itself - leadings scientists to be hopeful that they can find better ways to treat the illness that focuses on the changes in these areas of the brain.  There is a specific opiod receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with PTSD symptoms.  When the patient is under chronic stress, the opiod receptors retract inside cells and do not bind to the natural opiod, dynorphin, leading to feelings of dysphoria felt by PTSD patients.  By developing medication and therapy treatments that target these opiod receptors, doctors will help to provide a broader scope of treatment available to patients and this will hopefully lead to more successful therapy.

PTSD is not restricted to those who suffered a catastrophic incident; many people suffer from PTSD after a traumatic event in their lives that has a dramatic affect on them, emotionally or physically.  Many clients who suffer personal injury or workers' compensation injuries are diagnosed with PTSD after they endure a serious accident.  Call us today if you have suffered from psychiatric distress after an accident and need a lawyer to represent you.

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