A New Hope for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posted: May 11, 2017
A New Hope for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

On May 9th, Scientific American published an article called A Shot against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The article highlights a new method of treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – by altering the immune system to build up resilience to stress.

You may recall first reading about this discovery in an article on our website called Treatment with Immune-Regulating Gut Bacteria May Boost Immune System Against Stress. It was written to help explain in a more lay-friendly manner what would end up being named one of the Foundation’s top 10 research advancements of the year.

In the Scientific American article, Foundation President and CEO, Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. says “There is a growing recognition that the microbiome can impact health in general and, more specifically, mental health.” Two-time NARSAD Grantee and leader of the 2016 study, Christopher Lowry, Ph.D. says “Our study in PNAS showed we can prevent a PTSD-like syndrome in mice.”

Read the article from Scientific American.