Soldiers with PTSD

Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more ‘tuned’ to perceive threatening facial expressions than people without PTSD because of more over-connected brain circuits, according to a new study published in the journal Heliyon. The researchers behind the study, from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, say understanding how this works could help researchers develop better ways to assess when soldiers are ready to be redeployed.SoldierCrying.jpg

A study of the Canadian Armed Forces estimates that 86% of those serving in the armed forces will experience some kind of trauma, such as physical or sexual assault, combat or disaster. This leads to around 7% of those in the Canadian Military developing PTSD at some point in their lives, the risk being higher in soldiers compared to civilians.

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