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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...