Brain Scans May Lead to Better Diagnoses

New imaging technique shows the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Over a million soldiers have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the men and women who have returned from combat, more than 100,000 have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over 300,000 more have been told they have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In many cases, symptoms are the same: insomnia, anxiety, irritability, poor concentration and limited impulse control. The treatments for these two conditions are very different. The problem is, there hasn’t been...