Mental Health

Posttraumatic brain activity predicts resilience to PTSD

After a traumatic experience, most people recover without incident, but some people — between 2% and 10% — develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that can cause debilitating symptoms of anxiety due to emotional dysregulation. PTSD symptoms are present in up to 40% of trauma survivors in the acute aftermath of trauma, but full-blown PTSD develops in only a small subset of cases. Early identification of those at risk is critical for both early treatment and possible prevention.