by: Cassie Young
Those diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased three times the amount it used to be, and makes up one fifth of all claim benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, his disorder has not been easy to diagnose with only the judgement of a clinician. The fact that some people either conceal or exaggerate their symptoms, in aims to get more money or fear of being discharged, does not make it any easier to find out who really suffers from this distressing disorder. The Department of Defense has funded several projects to identify a “biomarker” such as brain scans or blood tests that would be more accurate in a diagnosis of PTSD. Through the study of voice characteristics, an algorithm has been created that has the potential to correctly identify 89 percent of PTSD patients. In a recent study at the New York University School of Medicine, researchers created an algorithm that has been fairly efficient with PTSD diagnosis. Out of 129 male military veterans that had significant combat in the field and were around the age of 32, 52 were diagnosed with PTSD while the other 77 came out clean. While in this experiment they took out all applicants who had other disorders and addictions, the problem has been raised as to how this will fit into the picture.
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We have been reading articles about psychological studies to inform the way we live our lives. Please explore, and we hope you learn a bit about the psychology in your life!