JRRD Publishes Review of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Released: 18-Jan-2008 12:30 PM EST
Source Newsroom: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
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Newswise — The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) has released a single-topic issue on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and polytrauma. This issue focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of TBI in military personnel returning from combat.

Based on recent studies of combat veterans, brain injury, acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been linked. In a review published in this special issue, researchers discuss the literature on PTSD and PTSD-like symptoms that can occur along with mild TBI and concussion.

In this article, researchers address four major areas: (1) clinical aspects of TBI and PTSD, including diagnostic criteria, incidence, predictive factors, and course; (2) biological interface between PTSD and TBI; (3) comorbidity between PTSD and other mental disorders that can occur after mild TBI; and (4) current treatments for PTSD, with specific considerations related to treatment for patients with mild TBI or concussive injuries.

The full text article "Posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder-like symptoms and mild traumatic brain injury" can be downloaded at http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/07/44/7/pdf/kennedy.pdf.

A single-topic issue on PTSD is under development and slated for release in May 2008. Advance orders for the PTSD issue are being accepted.

About the journal: JRRD is an international, peer-reviewed journal and resource for researchers, clinicians, and persons with disabilities. The journal publishes and disseminates original investigations, clinical studies, and topical reviews that enhance the quality and relevance of reported interdisciplinary research and biomedical and engineering advances. For more than 40 years, users have relied on JRRD to communicate their research findings to a global audience.