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Mark Cartwright of Dallas: Women May Be More Prone to PTSD


September 4, 2012 - DALLAS, TX

MedicalXpress.com reports that a recent study has uncovered evidence that women who have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, are more likely to experience faster cellular aging and may face increased risk for certain diseases than their male counterparts. Mark Cartwright of Dallas, Texas, believes that this information may prove useful in other areas of psychology that are studying PTSD. He asserts that information regarding physical, sexual, and verbal abuse can assist in understanding how PTSD develops in and affects women.

The article reports that the study was spearheaded by researchers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is affiliated with the University of Southern California, San Francisco. Aoife O'Donovan, PhD, reported the results of the initiative. The project's findings imply that men and women respond differently to trauma, biologically. This is an important factor to note, as biological differences could mean that treatment and prevention techniques should be designed to address these variations in physical reaction to stress.

"The preliminary findings, if borne out by further research, may have implications, the researchers said, for preventing and treating women with PTSD in the general population and in the military, where women are serving in increasing numbers and coming under fire more often than in the past," states the article.

While the research has brought some important information to light, it must be noted that additional studies are required to pinpoint what the biological differences are, why they occur, and how to address them. Cartwright is also interested in seeing how other factors play into the development of PTSD in women.

"The results of this article are very interesting," remarks Cartwright. "I also feel that the effects of spousal or other physical, verbal, or sexual abuse should be incorporated into these studies to determine the amount and degree of PTSD symptoms in individuals suffering from these unfortunate issues. I have been seeing more and more women applying for disability services for these very same reasons and it would be very interesting to see if and to what degree various types of abuse factor into PTSD symptoms in women."

Cartwright anticipates future research on this subject and encourages researchers to continue to explore this area of psychology.

ABOUT:

A psychologist in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area, Mark Cartwright specializes in school psychology. Mark Cartwright of Dallas attended Ohio State University, where he earned his master's and doctorate degrees, and Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Mark Cartwright of Dallas completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Dallas Medical Center of the University of Texas Southwestern. Mark Cartwright of Dallas currently offers his services as a licensed specialist in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and treatment of ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, autism, and dementia.

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