AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017


What's Really Going on in PTSD Brains? U-M Experts Suggest New Theory

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Context processing problems could explain symptoms and brain imaging findings and integrate and improve on earlier models

For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much disability. 

All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed has its roots in very real, physical processes within the brain – and not in some sort of psychological “weakness.” But no clear consensus has emerged about what exactly has gone “wrong” in the brain.

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