Posts Tagged "PTSD Symptoms"

Smoking worsens PTSD symptoms, says doctors

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 in Health & Wellness

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reaching for a cigarette to cope with a flashback is all too common among sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nicotine hit may feel good but scientists say its brain action probably makes their PTSD worse in the long run. Here’s the rub: At least half of PTSD sufferers smoke, and others wind up dependent on alcohol, anti-anxiety pills, sometimes even illegal drugs. Yet too few clinics treat both PTSD and addictions at the same time, despite evidence they should. Now studies are recruiting PTSD patients – from New England drug-treatment centers...

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