Researchers see links between genes and PTSD after NIU shootings


Researchers see links between genes and PTSD after NIU shootings reports the Chicago Tribune.

A study from Holly Orcutt, an NIU associate professor of psychology, revealed that students with particular genetic variations displayed post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms more frequently than students without the variations. Professor Orcutt was studying the effects of stress on students prior to the Valentine’s Day 2008 shooting spree at Northern Illinois University, thus giving an invaluable–if tragic–snapshot of the before and after effects of trauma on the formation of PTSD.

These new insights are a promising step in understanding how this disorder works and hopeful can lead to new methods of treatment.

 

Via–Chicago Tribune.