A new study suggests a link between genetics and a woman’s risk to develop PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Research scientists state that they have isolated a gene and its protein, that may cause a relationship and increased risk of certain women to develop PTSD, especially after a high stress situation. The potential genetic link relates to a hormone that is found in women’s blood. The hormone PACAP, or pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide, has been associated with anxiety (central nervous system activity) and possibly with PTSD in women as well.
What is Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD? It is a medical condition that people can develop after being in situations where serious harm or the threat of serious harm has occurred or was witnessed.
PTSD, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Risk in Women
More information on this genetic research study:
• Research paper: Post-traumatic stress disorder associated with PACAP and PAC1 receptor.
• News Article: Stress Hormone linked to PTSD symptoms in women.