Brain shrinkage in Japanese tsunami survivors with PTSD
Survivors of last year’s Japanese tsunami who have PTSD from the disaster experienced a shrinking of their orbitofrontal cortex — that’s the part of the brain that is involved in decision-making and the regulation of emotion.
PTSD in military veterans is now widely recognised and accepted. But PTSD in survivors of abuse remains hidden, often due to the shame and self-stigma of both the abuse and mental illness.
The shocking fact is that many military veterans may also be victims of abuse – especially sexual abuse – either in childhood or whilst serving in the military. PTSD is worsened by man-made trauma, as opposed to natural disasters.
Male, female, young, old… PTSD does not discriminate.