People suffering from PTSD experience life disrupting symptoms such as anxiety and depressed mood, nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, hypervigilance, and social isolation or avoidance of previously neutral situations. BSSR has informed effective interventions to relieve symptoms and facilitate recovery form PTSD.
Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been an instrumental leader in shaping and supporting behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) to improve the nation’s health. Integrated with advances in other scientific disciplines, BSSR has made substantial contributions to the prevention or treatment of numerous physical health and mental health conditions.
In collaboration with subject matter experts from Institutes, Centers, and Offices across NIH, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has summarized some of the important scientific advances that demonstrate the valuable contribution of BSSR across various health conditions and behaviors. These summaries are provided as fact sheets and PowerPoint slides that highlight a significant public health problem and the corresponding BSSR-informed approaches used to address the problem. Various audiences such as academic researchers, public health organizations, and other health federal agencies, may find these materials useful to demonstrate to their stakeholders the importance of BSSR to the health of the United States population.