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New study suggested there might be a gene that makes people more susceptible to post traumatic stress disorder so -- our troops actually.
Be barred from going overseas if they have a -- well we welcome in doctor Jeffrey Lieberman this morning -- the chair of psychiatry at Columbia University to explain all this.
Documents to see this morning thank you.
The student a potential gene.
That could lead to signifying if someone has the ability to get post traumatic stress disorder.
-- this limits our ability to send men and women overseas in combat if this -- sticks out to doctors and researchers.
In -- limited that'll help our ability to send people overseas -- that'll determine who among military inductees and personnel are going to be deployed in combat.
Most susceptible to develop psychiatric.
It is -- in the long ago.
That stress can elicit behavioral and mental disturbances and there's no experience that's more stressful than being in combat in the theater of war.
We've noted historically -- called it combat fatigue battle fatigue shell shocked combat neurosis.
Posttraumatic stress disorder is the latest definition for this condition.
People when they get into the circumstances.
Are susceptible to having anxiety.
Heightened perception of fear.
And extreme night mears and other types of problems.
The problem this is that everybody has their breaking point but for some people it's down here it's very low and other people can tolerate almost anything they're highly resilient.
The gene that's been found show is increased susceptibility so what's the beginning -- being able to screen people more effectively determine these highly vulnerable individual -- Let's say they determine there as a gene and a man or woman in the military has this -- does that mean that he or she won't be sent to Iraq why is that fair.
To the folks that don't have the gene no no it's like saying if your cholesterol is high right.
Then you can have a heart attack that doesn't mean you're definitely gonna have a heart attack -- means your chances are that you are more likely to if you don't do something that's.
So what would you do to correct -- you would give the Madison and then send them overseas or what -- we did.
You would have a method.
And really rating or wanting to stress they're gonna experience if they go there.
Which could be a medication because -- now -- understanding how stress affects the brain's function.
So that if you get exposed to a trauma and IED exploding being in a firefight.
It doesn't imprint of memory that'll last for the rest of your life.
So medication is one thing the other thing is psychological support.
In the field psychotherapy.
Having somebody that can debrief decompress after these experiences.
And -- sufferers experience flashbacks nightmares sudden outburst social withdraw and haunted for years after -- trauma so it likely very important discovery right.
Pairing there's three things that than what the military for a small knows this is a real problem because although it's occurred historically it's occurring more now because of the nature of this particular kind of warfare right.
There's three things they can do they can screen people better.
They can provide better support in the field and they can provide better support in re integrating people when they come back after deployment into society.
Great information doctor Jeffrey Lieberman from Columbia University push.
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