Dr. Andrew Nicholson and Dr. Ruth Lanius

In a new study from Dr. Andrew Nicholson (left) and Dr. Ruth Lanius (right), brain imaging is shown to be a promising tool for early diagnosis of psychiatric illness. 

Brain imaging and machine learning can accurately classify post-traumatic stress disorder, study finds

Psychiatric disorders are often difficult to diagnose. As research advances, we are learning there are multiple subtypes of illness that differ in symptoms and treatment needs, making classification even harder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one example. Individuals with the more common type of PTSD experience active defensive responses like hyperarousal or outbursts of emotion while those with the dissociative subtype experience additional passive defensive responses like ‘shutting down’ or out-of-body experiences.

According to a new study by researchers at ICES Western. 

Dr. Blayne Welk, a urologist at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, noticed that some of his patients were experiencing depression and other issues following complications related to pelvic mesh-based slings.

“A lot of patients were very emotional telling their story,” notes Dr. Welk.