PTSD is associated with an excess of inflammatory immune activities

Jessica M. Gill, Leo Saligan, Stephanie Woods, Gayle Page

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Abstract

Purpose. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with inflammatory-related medical conditions. This review examines studies of immune function in individuals with PTSD to determine if excessive inflammation is associated with PTSD. Conclusions. Current studies suggest an excess of inflammatory actions of the immune system in individuals with chronic PTSD. High levels of inflammatory cytokines have also been linked to PTSD vulnerability in traumatized individuals. There is also evidence that excessive inflammation is in part due to insufficient regulation by cortisol. Practice Implications. An excess of inflammatory immune activity may contribute to health declines in individuals with PTSD, and treating PTSD symptoms may reduce these risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-277
Number of pages16
JournalPerspectives in psychiatric care
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Cortisol
  • Immune
  • Inflammatory
  • PTSD
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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