Researchers have found distinct brain molecular patterns in two disorders long thought to be psychological in origin: chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Gulf War illness (GWI).

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Overlapping diagnostic symptoms for chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf war illness and major depressive disorder.

Stress and trauma

Original article from WellnessOptions #12, April, 2003
Stress is our physical, psychological, and behavioral reactions to situations and demands that undermine our natural homeostasis, which may last for minutes or years.

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A failure of time to heal

For some people, the experience of traumatic events in the past keeps being relived in the present, making their bodies a battleground of anxiety, anger, sadness, and stress-related symptoms.

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Can susceptibility to post traumatic stress be measured or predicted?

It is clear that intense, massive, terrifying, and/or chronic traumatic experiences can result in the development of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and, those with PTSD carry a higher risk of developing other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, alcohol/drug abuse, and suicide thoughts/attempts.

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