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  • Study: 52% of Women Experience PTSD After Abortions

    08/30/2010 4:02:07 PM PDT · by julieee · 24 replies ^ | August 30, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Study: 52% of Women Experience PTSD After Abortions Washington, DC -- A new study finds the later a woman has an abortion the more likely it is that she faces mental health risks and is under pressure from a partner or others to have an abortion she may not otherwise want. Women getting later abortions also are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion.
  • Military dog comes home from Iraq traumatized

    08/03/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 10+ views
    hosted ^ | Aug 3 | DAN ELLIOTT
    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) -- Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions. She returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful. When her handlers tried to take her into a building, she would stiffen her legs and resist. Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor.
  • Marine Corps Tries to Cope with Rising Suicide Rate-(PLEASE SEE VIDEO; WARNING GRAPHIC)

    05/21/2010 3:35:35 AM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 629+ views
    algov ^ | 5/17/10 | algov
    From awarding medals to offering expanded stress-related training and counseling, the U.S. Marine Corps is seeking to rid its distinction as the military branch with the highest suicide rate. Whereas the U.S. Army is averaging 21.7 suicides per 100,000 soldiers, the Marines are at 24. In 2009, the Corps lost more troops to suicide than combat in Afghanistan. As recently as 2006, the Marine Corps suicide rate was only 12.9. To encourage Marines to actively help others struggling with suicidal tendencies, the service awarded Lance Corporal Jonathan Burson the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for coming to the aid...
  • Veteran fatally shot at MacDill Air Force Base had record involving threat(FL)

    05/21/2010 5:50:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 784+ views ^ | 21 May, 2010 | Jessica Vander Velde and Kim Wilmath
    TAMPA — Ronald Bullock made MacDill Air Force Base his home even though he was no longer in the military. Decades had passed since a grenade blew up on him in Vietnam, rendering him disabled, his brother said. But as a veteran with a military ID, he could stay at the base's campground for six months at a time. Bullock, 61, didn't have a family or a job. He told his uncle he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. "He took a mess of pills to keep him going, to keep him cool," said his uncle, Phil Sullivan, 80, of Tampa....
  • PTSD diagnosis could appear on driver's licenses

    05/11/2010 12:13:33 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 14 replies · 629+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9 May 2010 | Nancy Badertscher
    Some Georgians could soon be carrying a unique driver’s license – one that says they have post-traumatic stress disorder. Lawmakers recently passed legislation that would allow current and former military to request the PTSD designation on their driver’s licenses. The legislation, which has to be signed by the governor to become law, would likely make Georgia the first state with a driver’s license that denotes a specific health problem, other than poor eyesight.Some veterans and law enforcement officials say they can’t image that many servicemen and servicewomen will want their PTSD diagnosis put on display when they present their driver’s...
  • CNN Reporter Quits After Network Denies Him Time Off To Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress

    04/29/2010 1:06:42 PM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 20 replies · 1,104+ views ^ | Apr. 28, 2010 | Joe Pompeo
    Big loss for CNN: Foreign correspondent Michael Ware, famous for his coverage of the Iraq war, has left the network. All Things CNN, an independent blog covering the network, writes that Ware has been on leave working on a book and struggling with PTSD from his years of war reporting. He needed more time off, but his request was denied, and now he's not coming back, the blog reports. A CNN spokesperson confirmed to The Huffington Post that Ware has been on leave but declined to comment further than that. Ware discussed his PTSD in a disturbing December 2008 Men's...
  • Are Veterans Being Given Deadly Cocktails to Treat PTSD?

    03/24/2010 1:43:42 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 30 replies · 911+ views
    News Blaze ^ | March 24, 2010 | Martha Rosenberg
    A potentially deadly drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been linked to the deaths of soldiers returning from war. Yet the FDA continues to approve it. Sgt. Eric Layne's death was not pretty. A few months after being prescribed a drug cocktail with the antidepressant Paxil, the mood stabilizer Klonopin and AstraZeneca's controversial antipsychotic drug Seroquel, the Iraq war veteran was "suffering from incontinence, severe depression [and] continuous headaches," according to his widow, Janette Layne, at FDA hearings for new Seroquel approvals last year. Soon he had tremors. " ... [H]is breathing was labored [and] he had developed sleep...
  • Stress claim denied for Conn. cop who shot chimp

    02/17/2010 1:22:02 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 964+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 17 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut police officer who shot and killed a chimpanzee last year after it mauled a woman has been denied a claim for workers' compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder because state law only applies to police shootings of people.
  • Study shows why it is so scary to lose money

    02/09/2010 5:55:20 AM PST · by shove_it · 9 replies · 406+ views
    Rooters ^ | 8 Feb 10
    People are afraid to lose money and an unusual study released on Monday explains why -- the brain's fear center controls the response to a gamble. U.S. | Science | Health | Lifestyle The study of two women with brain lesions that made them unafraid to lose on a gamble showed the amygdala, the brain's fear center, activates at the very thought of losing money. [...]
  • Nurse Finds Healing From Post-traumatic Stress

    01/28/2010 3:43:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md., Jan. 28, 2010 – As a critical care nurse, Air Force Lt. Col. Mary Carlisle’s focus always has been on helping others. It wasn’t until a harrowing deployment to Iraq that the tables turned, and she became the one in need of aid. Air Force Lt. Col. Mary Carlisle, a critical care nurse, speaks with a colleague at the 2010 Military Health System Conference at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md., Jan. 26, 2010. Carlisle spoke at the conference of her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder and her eventual healing. DoD photo by Elaine...
  • ‘Real Warrior’ Describes Post-traumatic Stress

    01/11/2010 3:52:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 499+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – When Staff Sgt. Megan Krause returned home from a deployment in Iraq in 2006, she thought the scariest moments of her life were over. Jill Herzog, of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, comforts Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause after her speech about her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Krause spoke during the 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2010. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. At her homecoming, “I ran to...
  • Fear memories erased without drugs: A temporal twist to a therapeutic technique could...

    12/10/2009 12:56:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 507+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 December 2009 | Lizzie Buchen
    A temporal twist to a therapeutic technique could block old terrors. Fearful memories can be wiped out for at least a year using a drug-free technique, according to a study done in the United States. The technique exploits the way that human brains store and recall memories. When a long-term memory is recalled, it goes through a brief period of vulnerability, after which it must be stored anew to be remembered again. While the memory is in its fragile state, it can be modified or disrupted. Studies in animals1 have used drugs to interfere with this reconsolidation process, stirring hope...
  • Fired Psychiatrist Creates USMC Concerns

    11/21/2009 10:43:08 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 10 replies · 1,182+ views ^ | November 21, 2009 | AP
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines treated at Camp Lejeune for post-traumatic stress had to undergo therapy for months in temporary trailers where they could hear bomb blasts, machine-gun fire and war cries through the thin walls, according to servicemen and their former psychiatrist. The eight trailers were used for nearly two years, until a permanent clinic was completed in September in another location on the base, said a Camp Lejeune medical spokesman, Navy Lt. j.g. Mark Jean-Pierre. The noise from training exercises "shook me up real bad. I couldn't take it. I almost ran out of there a couple of...
  • Army throws money at mental health

    11/20/2009 10:13:23 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 12 replies · 372+ views
    United Press International ^ | November 20. 2009 | Lawrence Sellin
    Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army recently funded a five-year, $50 million study by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the factors possibly associated with suicide, including combat-related trauma, personal and economic stress, family history, childhood abuse, a military unit's cohesion and general mental health. With all due respect to the eminent scientists at NIMH, I wonder if much of that information is available already from civilian sources, both online and in paper-bound publications. I would doubt that surveying hundreds of thousands of recruits and interviewing soldiers will, in the end, provide that eureka moment they seem...
  • ‘Real Warrior’ Helps Others Get Help

    11/19/2009 4:01:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 330+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2009 – Sheri Hall could tell something was wrong with her husband, Army Maj. Jeff Hall, at the hangar during his welcome home ceremony. “His eyes were dead,” she said. It should have been a joyous time. The major was returning from his second deployment to Iraq at the end of 2005. He had been with a military training team with the 3rd Infantry Division. He went from Fort Stewart, Ga., to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. But he was having problems. One boss told him he exhibited “visceral anger.” “I do know...
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [Profanity Warning]

    11/14/2009 12:04:54 PM PST · by oneolcop · 17 replies · 1,066+ views
    EMAIL | November 7, 2009 | JR
    PTSD by J.R. 7. November 2009 03:47 I’m more than a little angry right now. Yes, I’m irate that some shitbag Major (“shitbag” is often used as a technical term in the Army) opened fire on a group of his fellow Soldiers killing 12 and wounding 30. But that’s not even what is under my skin right now. What is bothering me is the general reaction of our media and those stupid enough to think this was not an act of terrorism, but was caused by supposed PTSD caused at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. You want to know what...
  • Army’s mental-health program is dysfunctional

    11/11/2009 8:35:12 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 21 replies · 506+ views
    United Press International ^ | November 11, 2009 | Lawrence Sellin
    Nov. 11 (UPI) -- In 2004, 64 active-duty U.S. soldiers killed themselves. In 2006 the figure jumped to 102. The following year it rose again, this time to 115. Last year it was 140. That 2008 figure crossed a disturbing threshold, where the suicide rate among soldiers exceeded the rate among their civilian counterparts. The October 2009 suicide figures show that at least 134 active-duty soldiers have taken their own lives, putting the U.S. Army on a pace to break last year's record. If Reserve and National Guard troops are included, the 2009 total has reached 193. The total number...
  • Political Correctness Blinded Us From Terrorist On Our Own Soil

    11/10/2009 9:50:02 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-10-09 | Curt
    Time magazine: Stresses at Fort Hood Were Likely Intense for HasanThe Washington Post: At Walter Reed, a palpable strain on mental-health systemAnd on and on. Day after day since the terrorist acts of Hasan we have been inundated with calls from out MSM and the Democrats that this was all one man going crazy. Why did he go crazy? Well, because of the strain of treating those with PTSD. Now even treating PTSD will give you PTSD. Nevermind the thousands of men and women who have listened to these horrors day in and day out as they treated our wounded...
  • Sorry, this killer's no victim

    11/10/2009 3:36:25 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,001+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 10, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    MAJ. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers in a rampage at Fort Hood, is a most unlikely victim of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He never experienced any combat-related trauma. He had never even been deployed overseas. Yet, he had barely stopped shooting his victims in cold blood, chasing the wounded to finish them off, when the media rushed to their copy of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders." The New York Times headlined an analysis piece on the incident, "When Soldiers Snap." It reported that in World War II, military doctors...
  • Alleged Vail shooter has PTSD, lawyer says in court

    11/09/2009 7:07:03 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 13 replies · 1,086+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 11/09/2009 | Beth Potter
    VAIL — A Vail man faces first-degree murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a Vail bar over the weekend, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said today in a court hearing. Richard "Rossi" Moreau, 63, is being held without bond in the Eagle County Jail. He is expected to be formally charged in a Dec. 1 hearing, Hurlbert said. His attorney, Reed Owens, said Moreau has met with jail doctors. Owens said he wants to make sure Moreau can get the medication he takes for post-traumatic stress disorder while he is jailed. "We may have...
  • PTSD (caution, strong language)

    11/08/2009 11:56:37 AM PST · by missycocopuffs · 8 replies · 510+ views
    Lumberjack in a Desert ^ | November 7, 2009 | J.R. Salzman
    So why haven't they gone crazy? Because you don't get PTSD from sitting on your ass around Walter Reed. Not only is it not possible to “catch” secondhand PTSD, but it is not that kind of a place. I would know, I was a patient there for nine months. The place is simply not that stressful or chaotic. When I was there my PTSD got better, not worse. And I would be willing to bet my dog tags that I saw far more wounded Soldiers than shit bag major did during our overlapping time there in 2007. I regularly visited...
  • Tea and Sympathy ( Hasan suffers from Pre Post Traumatic Stress Disorder )

    11/07/2009 6:07:41 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies · 925+ views
    NRO ^ | November 7th | Mark Steyn
    The Nothing-to-see-here media continue to do a grand job. Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood. That's almost certainly true in your case, Chris. As for yelling "Allahu akbar" as you open fire, Michael Tomasky, one of the American lefties on the Guardian's payroll, explains it for us know-nothings: The fact that Hassan reportedly shouted the above is meant, I suppose, to imply that he was an extremist fanatic. I'm not sure that it does. My understanding is that it's something Arab people often shout before doing something or other. It's used in...
  • Fort Hood Suspect May Have Suffered From 'Compassion Fatigue,' Experts Say

    11/06/2009 11:49:30 AM PST · by missycocopuffs · 136 replies · 2,406+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Nov 6, 2009 | Karlie Pouliot
    Health experts say they are hardly astonished that the suspect in the worst mass murder ever at a U.S. military base is an Army psychiatrist — the very person who is supposed to be helping soldiers deal with the traumatic stress of war. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, suspected of gunning down 13 and wounding 30 at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas, treated soldiers at the Darnall Army Medical Center there after being transferred in July from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he had worked for six years. Dr. Robin Kerner, an attending psychologist who specializes in...
  • Veteran on Larry King: Time to Step Back from the Psychobabble

    11/06/2009 6:57:30 AM PST · by Ruby Slippers · 21 replies · 1,295+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 11/6/09 | Mary Sue
    A veteran made an appearance on Larry King with Dr. Phil and a former POW Shoshana Johnson to discuss the possible motivations of Nidal Hasan. After Dr. Phil pontificates on the mental state of a man he doesn't know, Tom Kenneth a veteran and civil defense attorney states that he thinks it is time to take a step back from the psycho babble. Ms. Johnson and Dr. Phil spend the rest of the segment chastising him while Kenneth continues to make his point. Video at the link
  • A link to PTSD?

    11/05/2009 9:14:55 PM PST · by Saije · 32 replies · 778+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 11/5/2009 | Staff
    <p>Thursday's deadly rampage raises a red flag over the issue of combat stress.</p> <p>The suspected gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, worked on that very issue at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), which assesses the behavioral and psychological risks of traumatic events, such as combat, terrorism, natural disasters and public health threats.</p>
  • Face of Defense: Medic Hopes Her Story Helps Others

    11/04/2009 3:43:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 280+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Jim Garamone
    NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 4, 2009 – Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause’s words come out in a rush, as if she wants everyone to hear and learn from her story. Staff Sgt. Megan Krause, an Army Reserve medic who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, hopes to help other servicemembers by telling her story of seeking help when post-traumatic stress had her spiraling out of control. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Krause, an Army reservist with the 365th Engineer Battalion in Pennsylvania, does want people to hear her story, and she wants to connect with servicemembers so they...
  • Multiple Early Interventions No Benefit for Some With PTSD

    10/15/2009 12:19:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 October 2009 | KERRI WACHTER
    Multiple-session early psychological interventions are no better at reducing posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms than no intervention at all and might even increase symptoms in some individuals, a review of 11 randomized controlled studies shows. “There was no evidence that a multiple session intervention aimed at everyone following a traumatic event was effective. There was a trend that just failed to reach significance for no intervention to result in less self-reported PTSD symptoms at 3 to 6-month follow-up than a multiple session intervention,” wrote Neil P. Roberts, D.Clin.Psy., of the Traumatic Stress Service at Cardiff and Vale National Health Services (Wales),...
  • Vet Kills Himself After Being Carded At Movie Theater

    10/13/2009 6:32:27 AM PDT · by Abathar · 45 replies · 2,053+ views
    AP/ ^ | 10/13/2009 | Unknown
    MUNCIE, Ind. -- A 21-year-old military veteran fatally shot himself inside a central Indiana movie theater shortly after he argued with employees over being asked to produce ID to see an R-rated film, police said. Muncie police said no one else was hurt at the theater, including the man's two brothers, a friend and eight others attending the horror comedy "Zombieland."
  • Military Mentality

    10/05/2009 8:46:58 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 5, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Military Mentality by: Sarah Carlsruh, October 05, 2009 The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a conference on September 25th on the mental health of soldiers, specifically the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A physiological condition that is a manifestation of extreme stress, PTSD is a struggle for 10-20% of combat-exposed soldiers, said Dr. Charles Hoge. Science Daily reported on September 15th that PTSD for Iraq veterans could reach as high as 35%. Yet, there are ways to cope and turn it into post-traumatic growth, argued speakers at AEI. Nate Self, former Army Ranger and father of four, detailed the...
  • VA Simplifies Compensation for Post-traumatic Stress

    08/24/2009 6:10:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 434+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2009 – The Veterans Affairs Department is taking steps to help veterans seeking compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today. “The hidden wounds of war are being addressed vigorously and comprehensively by this administration as we move VA forward in its transformation to the 21st century,” Shinseki said. VA is publishing a proposed regulation today in the Federal Register to make it easier for a veteran to claim service connection for PTSD by reducing the evidence needed if the stressor claimed is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity. Comments...
  • Mental Stress Training Is Planned for U.S. Soldiers

    08/18/2009 12:59:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 894+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 18, 2009 | BENEDICT CAREY
    PHILADELPHIA — The Army plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in emotional resiliency, military officials say. The training, the first of its kind in the military, is meant to improve performance in combat and head off the mental health problems, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, that plague about one-fifth of troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Active-duty soldiers, reservists and members of the National Guard will receive the training, which will also be available to their family members and to civilian employees. The new program is to be introduced at two...
  • Major Christopher Galloway Dead at [FReeper M1Tanker, RIP]

    08/16/2009 10:33:19 AM PDT · by OhioSA · 70 replies · 1,841+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 8/16/09 | OhioSA
    "On June 30th Major Chris Galloway took his own life. He had come back from Afghanistan in April, and things just weren’t the same we’re told." "Why’d we lose him? Who the hell knows. There is no rational reason for doing such a thing, so using reason to figure it out is both impossible and ineffectual. It accomplishes nothing. In the end, he’s still gone. For the sake of his wife, his kids, and for ourselves it’s better to remember him for who he was. Given that he was so much to so many, there’s a lot to think about....
  • Anti-war cafe opens in the shadow of Fort Hood

    08/14/2009 8:06:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 46 replies · 1,163+ views ^ | August 14, 2009 | Jeremy Schwartz
    Past the barber shops advertising $6 military cuts, weapons stores and used car lots, an anti-war coffeehouse occupies a small wooden house on a corner of Texas' biggest Army town. Six months after opening, the Under the Hood cafe has become home to a growing number of veterans and active-duty soldiers who are beginning to question America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Less than a mile from the gates of 53,000-troop Fort Hood, the cafe is a place where soldiers, many of them fresh off of multiple deployments, can swap stories and ideas without fear of retribution, its supporters say....
  • “Let’s not lose another soldier”… Major General Mark Graham’s ACE suicide prevention program.

    08/14/2009 5:09:46 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 504+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-14-09 | Mataharley
    The comment thread about the loss of one of Flopping Aces' own, Maj. Chris Galloway, has all of us doing some head scratching as to what we can do as individuals. This sense of helplessness, *after* the loss, is simply not acceptable. Wordsmith did provide some extra insight in his remembrance of Chris with a YouTube link, but I felt that Major General Mark Graham - Commander, Division West and Fort Carson, Colo - and his suicide prevention program needs to be broadened with a grassroots movement. Below is the ACE card given to military members.. ASK, CARE and ESCORT....
  • Flopping Aces Writer Major Chris Galloway Dead at 36 (Freeper M1Tanker)

    08/13/2009 9:07:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 110 replies · 7,577+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-13-09 | Scott Malensek
    Life and the internet are strange strange things. I've been trading emails and posts etc with Chris for years now. It wasn't at all uncommon for his duties, deployments, and family to make those virtual conversations sporadic from time to time. Well, Chris won't be returning emails anymore. He passed away suddenly on June 30, 2009. Last Fall he and his wife Shannon had a baby girl, Lilly. Chris was so happy. We teased him about how awful it is to step on Barbie Doll high heels in the middle of the night, and he bragged about how his...
  • Ceremony recognizes vets not eligible for Vietnam Wall

    04/13/2009 11:10:39 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 42 replies · 1,293+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- One-hundred twenty-three American heroes from the Vietnam War era will be honored posthumously this month during the annual In Memory Day ceremony, according to Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. In Memory Day was created to pay tribute to those who died prematurely from noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War, but who are not eligible to have their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A list of the honorees and their hometowns is available at The 11th annual In Memory Day ceremony begins at...
  • New Thurston County (WASH.) court helps veterans in trouble with PTSD

    07/29/2009 9:24:27 AM PDT · by llevrok · 1 replies · 261+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 7/28/09 | STEVE BLOOM
    THURSTON COUNTY: Goal is to identify, treat before crimes turn serious Ryan Harrington returned home from war a broken man. A former Army Ranger, he served a combined 18 months in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and lost his best friend in an attack. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Harrington, 26, couldn’t hold down any one of a series of eight jobs. Always on edge, he’d binge drink to get a good night’s sleep; otherwise, he’d be up for days. He fired three therapists after exploding in anger when they wanted him to talk about experiences he had locked deep...
  • A Chance for Clues to Brain Injury in Combat Blasts

    06/23/2009 2:07:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 669+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | ALAN SCHWARZ
    No direct impact caused Paul McQuigg’s brain injury in Iraq three years ago. And no wound from the incident visibly explains why Mr. McQuigg, now an office manager at a California Marine base, can get lost in his own neighborhood or arrive at the grocery store having forgotten why he left home. But his blast injury — concussive brain trauma caused by an explosion’s invisible force waves — is no less real to him than a missing limb is to other veterans. Just how real could become clearer after he dies, when doctors slice up his brain to examine any...
  • Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Announces: Vets' Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not Suicides or Overdoses

    05/21/2009 10:25:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,123+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | May 19, 2009 | Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD
    EL CAJON, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD today announced the results of his research into the "series" of veterans' deaths acknowledged by the Surgeon General of the Army. Upon reading the May 24, 2008, Charleston (WV) Gazette article "Vets taking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder drugs die in sleep," Baughman began to investigate why these reported deaths were "different." And, why they were likely, the "tip of an iceberg." Andrew White, Eric Layne, Nicholas Endicott and Derek Johnson were four West Virginia veterans who died in their sleep in early 2008. Baughman's research suggests that they...
  • Patriot Outreach

    04/10/2009 7:16:46 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 220+ views
    Patriot Outreach ^ | December 2006 | Col. Tony Monaco
    Noble Warriors!! I must confess I can no longer remain silent, stand by and watch. We have banded together in the face of adversity before and once more we will. There is a new battlefield!! Too many of us are bringing the enemy home; distressing our loved ones. .....Are you Stressed? Depressed? Isolated, Angry and full of Resentment? Who will take care of us if we don’t? There is no need to struggle alone, and in darkness.....
  • What motive does the Army have to misdiagnose PTSD? (Part 3)

    04/10/2009 5:31:25 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 1,366+ views
    Salon ^ | 10 Apr 09 | By Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna
    Soldiers with PTSD present the Army with two problems, both involving scary numbers. First, soldiers suffering serious combat stress should not be returned to combat, and if they cannot fight they represent a significant manpower loss for an already stretched military. A recent Rand Corp. study estimates that nearly 20 percent of those Army troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan might suffer from PTSD or major depression. If they were all barred from the battlefield, the Army could lose as many as one out of every five combat troops while trying to fight two wars. Second, if soldiers...
  • "I am under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD"

    04/08/2009 7:52:24 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 128 replies · 7,594+ views ^ | 08 Apr 09 | By Michael de Yoanna and Mark Benjamin
    "OK," McNinch told Sgt. X. "I will tell you something confidentially that I would have to deny if it were ever public. Not only myself, but all the clinicians up here are being pressured to not diagnose PTSD and diagnose anxiety disorder NOS [instead]." McNinch told him that Army medical boards were "kick[ing] back" his diagnoses of PTSD, saying soldiers had not seen enough trauma to have "serious PTSD issues." "Unfortunately," McNinch told Sgt. X, "yours has not been the only case ... I and other [doctors] are under a lot of pressure to not diagnose PTSD. It's not fair....
  • Vet Denied Gun Permit Over PTSD Care

    03/06/2009 7:42:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies · 2,812+ views
    Ohmaha World Herald ^ | 5 March, 2009 | NA
    OMAHA, Neb. -- Tim Mechaley trained fellow Marines to fire .50-caliber machine guns. He qualified as a marksman. He fought in the battle for Fallujah and received a combat medal with a "V" for valor. Back home, he uses a rifle for target shooting. Yet, when Mechaley sought to buy a 9-mm Ruger pistol for protection at his midtown apartment, the Omaha Police Department rejected his application for a gun permit. -------------cut------------- While completing an application for a gun permit, he responded "yes" to a question that asked whether he was being treated for a mental disorder. "I circled yes...
  • Drug banishes bad memories - Take pill, remember fear, remove fear.

    02/15/2009 6:47:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 3,301+ views
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2009 | Kerri Smith
    To remove unwanted memories, just take pill?Focus Features / The Kobal Collection / Lee, David In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a couple have their memories of each other wiped when their relationship ends badly. But now in a real-life twist to that tale, Dutch scientists show that, in humans, a fearful memory can be erased by a drug that is usually used to control blood pressure. When memories are first laid down, they are 'consolidated', usually during sleep, to fix them. Such memories generally do not change, but when they are remembered, or 'reactivated', they become...
  • Reining in the "pale horse" of the theocratic fundamentalist Greenies

    02/10/2009 8:01:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 416+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 9, 2009 | Curtis Dahlgren
    "The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." — Nigel Calder, International Wildlife, June 1975 (from "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming," Horner) "MY ANXIETY ATTACKS BEGAN TWO SUMMERS AGO. They were mild at first, a low-level unease. But over a period of months, they grew steadily worse, morphing into full-fledged fits of panic. I was a wreck. The sight of an idling car, heat-trapping carbon dioxide spewing from its tailpipe, would send me into an hours-long panic, complete with shaking, the sweats,...
  • For wounded minds, no medal

    01/08/2009 1:32:41 AM PST · by ComputerGuy · 27 replies · 462+ views
    The Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 8 Jan 2008 | Lizette Alvarez and Erik Eckholm
    The Pentagon has decided that it will not award the Purple Heart, the hallowed medal given to those wounded or killed by enemy action, to war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because it is not a physical wound.
  • PTSD tied to metabolic syndrome

    01/07/2009 11:05:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 752+ views
    United Press International ^ | Jan. 7, 2009 | NA
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to have a combination of medical disorders than other veterans, U.S. government researchers found. The research, published Wednesday in the journal BMC Medicine, indicates a significant association between "metabolic syndrome" and PTSD. Metabolic syndrome involves a combination of disorders, including obesity, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, that already had been shown to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of California, San Diego, found the syndrome also increases the risk of PSTD,...
  • Pentagon: No Purple Heart for PTSD

    01/06/2009 4:30:54 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 19 replies · 976+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jan 06, 2009 | Jeff Schogol,
    Based on the group’s findings, Dr. David Chu, undersecretary of personnel and readiness, has decided that PTSD does not meet the requirements for the Purple Heart, Lainez said on Monday. "Historically, the Purple Heart has never been awarded for mental disorders or psychological conditions resulting from witnessing or experiencing traumatic combat events (e.g., combat stress reaction, shell-shock, combat stress fatigue, acute stress disorder, or PTSD),"
  • Military Struggles With Response To PTSD

    12/27/2008 6:44:02 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 57 replies · 1,187+ views
    CBS News ^ | 26 Dec 2008 | Kimberly Dozier
    Now, his [First Sergeant Jeff McKinney] family says, he's a casualty of war. Two wars really: the war in Iraq, where he served honorably, and the war within the military over how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. On July 11, 2007, McKinney, serving on his second tour, killed himself in front of his men. He had endured months of sleeplessness, nightmares and guilt over losing so many of the soldiers he commanded. ... Commanders at one army base posted a fake "Hurt Feelings Report" -- portraying a crying cartoon face -- to mock soldiers seeking help for combat stress....
  • PTSD & Influences on Criminality:

    12/17/2008 8:42:05 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 27 replies · 476+ views
    Soldier's Perspective ^ | November 3, 2008 | Scott A. Lee
    The paper ties together the evolution in my train of thought concerning the veteran or soldier consumed by the ravages of full blown PTSD. The paper is long, but relevant to the plight of our returning combat soldiers and veterans. If you want to understand more about why a veteran or soldier runs afoul with law and society then you should read this.