Sweat could provide clue into who develops PTSD

Within four hours of a traumatic experience, certain physiological markers—namely, sweating—are higher in people who go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by Alex Rothbaum, a pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and researchers at other institutions. Around 90% of people who experience a traumatic event do not develop PTSD, according to existing data and research, making the medical community eager for better insights into the 10% who do—and for how to best treat these patients.

Sweating is a clue into who develops PTSD—and who doesn’t