MIL Molecular secret of Special Forces toughness

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    Special Forces soldiers have neurological differences that make them more resilient to post-traumatic stress disorder than the average soldier, say researchers.

    A study of soldiers based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, found that Green Berets were much less likely to suffer symptoms of PTSD after a week of gruelling exercises that simulated being captured and interrogated by the enemy.

    The elite soldiers produced more of a molecule called neuropeptide Y in their blood than regular soldiers. This molecule is generated by the body to help calm the brain in times of extreme stress, says Matt Friedmann, director of the US National Center for PTSD in Connecticut, which carried out the research.

    "The Special Forces types had a greater capacity for mobilising neuropeptide Y than ordinary soldiers, and they were also able to sustain it for longer periods," he told a session on PTSD at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual conference in Denver, Colorado. Furthermore, neuropeptide Y in Special Forces personnel returned to normal levels within 24 hours, whereas it dipped below normal in the others.

    Bottle it
    The greater the capacity to mobilise neuropeptide Y, the lower the likelihood of PTSD, says Friedmann. "If we could bottle this, or if we could train people to mobilise their own neuropeptide Y, that would be primary prevention for PTSD - a very exciting approach," he says.

    Although the work has been going on for several years, the researchers are still uncertain whether the Green Berets' enhanced capacity to endure trauma was genetic or had been acquired through Special Forces training.

    Another study discussed in the conference session revealed the extent of PTSD in the general population, following the terrorist attacks of September 11. The new work by researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine shows that 7.5 per cent of New Yorkers had PTSD symptoms in the 30 days after the attack, but that this dropped to 0.6 per cent nine months after.

    The study also showed those people who lost a family member or friend were just as likely as those who did not to recover from PTSD. The researchers found that age, employment status and life stressors were more important factors in determining recovery.


    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn3402

    That is all...
     
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    very interesting.
     
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    Whether you are being serious or not, your inability to read even short articles is pathetic.
     
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    Who the hell gets PTSD after a week of exercises?
     
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    Not that kind of exercises. SERE exercises.
     
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    i would still think that the knowledge that they are only exercises would negate a lot of the results. Why not just do a test on recently returned combat veterans?
     
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    plus this is exactly what we need. A study thats going to make even more people think special forces soldiers are some kind of superhuman.
     
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    It seems very real...
     
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    A study of soldiers based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, found that Green Berets were much less likely to suffer symptoms of PTSD after a week of gruelling exercises that simulated being captured and interrogated by the enemy.

    Reading > You.
     
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    A lot of my friends that went through it (SERE III) say that it gets real after awhile.
     
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    mikdavi84 OT Supporter

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    Thats fucking obvious.
     
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    mikdavi84 OT Supporter

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    :hsugh: ummmm.....
     
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    why bad grammar you?
     
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    I think it just shows the results of being trained to that high a standard. Not that green berets are some sort of genetically superior demigods
     
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    :rofl:
     

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