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Study Finds PTSD May Have a Genetic Component

Study Finds PTSD May Have a Genetic Component

| Jul 11, 2016

PTSD research – and our understanding of the invisible wounds that many of our nation’s veterans suffer from – is constantly evolving. Genetics is beginning to emerge as a factor in PTSD. In fact, UC San Diego scientists were recently able to show that a person’s genes can make them more likely to suffer from the condition.


The study, published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, found that there are two gene markers that increase a person’s risk of suffering from PTSD. Researchers found a significant genetic variant in African-American soldiers, while a similar link was found on a different chromosome in soldiers with European heritage. The same gene is also related to inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and Celiac disease.


With this information, researchers are looking into more effective ways to treat people with PTSD, considering how people with a certain gene might do better in one therapy than another. There are currently more than 90 other PTSD studies underway at other VA clinics in the region.


PTSD is a relatively new field in medicine, having only been acknowledged as a distinct disorder 36 years ago. Today’s treatments have been around for only 15 years, which are based on evidence of success. Combinations of anti-depressant medications and “talk therapy” have proven beneficial for many patients. The efficacy of other alternative treatments, like acupuncture of meditation, is also being studied. These “complimentary” treatment methods appear to be useful for many people and are being integrated into individualized treatment programs to help veterans cope with their symptoms.

Call Now to Get the Help You Need

While many veterans are able to get the help they need to manage their PTSD, there are many more veterans who unfortunately do not have access to the VA services they need to maintain their health. If you or someone you know is a veteran who is struggling to obtain veterans’ benefits, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help. There is no reason you should not have access to the care you need after your brave service to our country. Let us guide you through the benefits application or appeals process.


Led by a disabled Marine veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, our firm understands the struggles that many veterans face and is passionate about helping them secure the benefits they deserve. To speak with a veteran’s disability attorney at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, please contact us today at (888) 612-7001.

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