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May 23, 2008

Massage and PTSD

Women with previous emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression are more likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they are diagnosed with breast cancer according to a study conducted by Ohio State University Medical Center.

New research shows that breast cancer patients who have a prior history of mood and anxiety disorders are at a much higher risk of experiencing PTSD following their diagnosis. The findings suggest that doctors should screen newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for past mood disorders, she said. Those who have histories of mood and anxiety disorders may need help in order to avoid PTSD.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?
People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. They may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily startled.

Treatments for PTSD are available and, thanks to research, therapies are improving all the time. Massage therapy has been shown to benefit people suffering from PTSD and breast cancer, so it only makes sense that it would the population in the Ohio State University study.

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