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This update includes a new report based on a recent study. It examines the genetics of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and implicates genes that you can examine in detail with the exploration tools that are available with our Deep and Ultra Deep Whole Genome Sequencing! Looking for actionable advice? Read on and learn what you can do to reduce PTSD symptoms

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. Though commonly associated with experiencing wars, PTSD can also result from experiencing events such as natural disasters, car accidents, sexual violence, and many others. Individuals with PTSD often have disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These persist long after the traumatic event and are often relived through flashbacks or nightmares. As a result, those affected by PTSD often try to avoid situations that remind them of the traumatic event. This genome-wide association study sought to identify genetic associations that predispose individuals to PTSD by examining more than 315,000 individuals of European ancestry. [Published on September 27th, 2021Got your results already? Log in and view your new report! 

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The researchers identified 5 genetic variants that are linked with an individual’s predisposition to PTSD. One of the variants was near a gene known as GABBR1. It encodes the instructions for the production of a neurotransmitter, a molecule whose role is to communicate signals in the nervous system. Mutations in the GABBR1 gene have also been linked to different forms of epilepsy. 

You can use our genome browser and gene analysis tools to examine the GABBR1 gene and any other of the ~20,000 genes in your genome! Simply log in, open the gene analysis tool and search for the three gene names.

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If you are suffering from PTSD, there are many things you can do to improve your symptoms.  

  • Try meditation. When practicing mindfulness, you can become more cognizant of bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings and learn PTSD triggers.
  • Stay Active. Exercise can boost mood and can help with PTSD symptoms like anxiety and irritability. 
  • Get a Service Dog. PTSD service dogs can offer companionship and a calming effect for people with PTSD.
  • Find a Creative Outlet. Creative outlets such as art therapy for PTSD and music therapy for PTSD can have a positive effect on symptoms.
  • Build a Support Network. Having friends, family members, or a coworker who knows about your PTSD and is available to talk can be important for recovery. 
  • Seek Counseling. While self-help methods can be useful for coping with PTSD, some people may find that they need additional treatment in the form of counseling.

Source: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/ptsd/related/ptsd-self-help-tips/

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