Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans every year, and researchers have yet to develop a treatment. However, many experts are inching closer toward a way to combat symptoms of the condition, and Jelena Radulovic is one of them.
The Northwestern University professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences claims she may have discovered drug compounds that can prevent PTSD from developing. When injected with these compounds less than five hours after enduring emotional trauma, Radulovic says PTSD can be avoided altogether, according to the Daily Northwestern.
Natalie Tronson, an assistant at Radulovic’s laboratory, told the news source that by addressing stressors early, physicians may be able to prevent traumatic memories from developing. Experts currently focus on addressing the symptoms of PTSD once it has progressed, but Radulovic continues to study the positive effects that can come with treating trauma early. She told the news source that acting pharmacologically within a small time frame may have notable benefits.
More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities and counseling may be able to help individuals manage the condition over time.