The Los Angeles Times - PTSD May be Prevented, Researchers Find - Alan Zarembo
Experts estimate that up to 20 percent of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that can be stubbornly difficult to treat. Rachel Yehuda, a Neuroscientist and PTSD Expert at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, questioned whether it made sense to block the brain's natural responses to stressful situations. "Some of these responses are there to protect the body and mind," she said. "I am not sure that I would want a soldier in the field to go to combat without his fear response, because this might actually kill him."
-Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, Traumatic Stress Studies Division, The Mount Sinai Medical Center