University of Wisconsin Researchers Learning More About PTSD from Rats, Mice

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental condition that some develop after enduring stressful, often life-threatening situations.  Abuse, violence, assault, combat and other events are contributing factors to the condition that many are suffering from today.  It can be a chronic illness and according to an article in The Badger Herald, the University of Wisconsin’s newspaper, researchers at the university are using rodent models to learn more about PTSD and hopefully find a cure.

These researchers used rats and mice to analyze the effect of stressful events on the chemicals within the brain.  These analyzations provided a better understanding of how these chemicals are used by the brain to reconcile responses to distress.  According to researchers engaged in the study, rats and mice were used because of the close similarities of their anatomy and chemistry to that of humans.

“We are pretty excited because we now have a way of tying all the information together,” one researcher said. “We can start to test whether or not if we change how much of a chemical is available, we can prevent PTSD from developing.”

To learn more about this study, please read “Similarities between rodent, human minds used in PTSD research,” by clicking here.