Novel treatment emerges from bio-molecular understanding of trauma
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after exposure to severe psychological trauma such as sexual assault or military combat. PTSD can cause debilitating flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety, which can severely impact quality of life. First responders, armed forces and—during the COVID-19 pandemic—front-line health care workers are all at high risk. Existing treatments have had limited efficacy. Many people suffering from PTSD have attempted suicide, died by suicide or exhibit violent behaviour.