Study finds that even mild brain injuries can lead to PTSD in soldiers

June 8, 2012

Even when a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is so subtle that it can only be detected by an ultra-sensitive imaging test, the injury might predispose soldiers in combat to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study reported in Science Daily. Results of the study show that PTSD severity did not correlate with the clinical diagnosis of mild TBI. Even when a soldier received a TBI that did not produce a loss of consciousness or amnesia that is typically associated with diagnosis of mild TBI, they are still at risk of developing a psychiatric illness when coupled with extreme chronic stress. According to Science Daily, the research is important for physicians who are caring for troops in the years following deployment, as they try to untangle the symptom overlap between PTSD and mild TBI and provide the appropriate treatment.

For more information: Study Links PTSD to Hidden Head Injuries Suffered in Combat