New research has linked genetic risk factors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The American researchers identified genetic risk factors for a major PTSD symptom. People with this condition often experience flashbacks or other forms of re-experiencing a trauma.
The research also links PTSD to schizophrenia and high blood pressure.
The research used information from over 165,000 American veterans participating in the Million Veterans Program. The program examines how genes affect the health of veterans.
By studying genomes, they found that one aspect was close to a gene that is active in responding to stress.
This suggests a genetic influence a person’s risk for the condition.
The study also uncovered other links between trauma symptoms and other mental health conditions including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This might suggest a relationship between the auditory hallucinations experienced with schizophrenia and the re-experiencing of traumatic events.
In discovering the links between genetics and reliving traumatic experiences, the new research can point toward new approaches for treating trauma.