Acute response to psychological trauma and subsequent recovery: No changes in brain structure

Csilla Szabó, Oguz Kelemen, Einat Levy-Gigi, Szabolcs Kéri

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We used magnetic resonance imaging to study brain structure in acute stress disorder (ASD) following a psychological trauma and after 4 weeks in remission. Whole-brain voxel-based morphometry and FreeSurfer analysis of the hippocampal formation and amygdala revealed no structural changes in ASD (n=75) compared with trauma-exposed individuals without ASD (n=60) and community controls (n=60). These results suggest that ASD, in contrast to posttraumatic stress disorder, is not characterized by structural brain alterations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-272
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research - Neuroimaging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 30 2015



  • Acute stress disorder
  • Amygdala
  • Brain volume
  • Hippocampus
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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