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UAlbany Study: PTSD Can Develop Even Without Memory of the Trauma

Andrew Poulos is the principal investigator on the study. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)  

PHILADELPHIA, PA. (August 14, 2014) – There are many forms of memory and only some of these may be critical for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by University at Albany psychology professor Andrew M. Poulos and colleagues, as well as researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Their findings, published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, suggest that even with no explicit memory of an early childhood trauma, symptoms of PTSD can still develop in adulthood. There are case reports of people who have experienced terrible life events that resulted in brain damage, some of whom developed syndromes similar to PTSD even though they had no recollection of the event itself.

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