Huffington Magazine This Week: Missed Opportunities

09/20/2013 08:08 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2013

In this week's issue, we feature the latest in our "Invisible Casualties" series on suicide in the military, which is running on The Huffington Post throughout the month of September.

In this installment, David Wood tells the story of Navy Petty Officer Joshua Lipstein, an Iraq war veteran whose struggle with drugs and depression ended when he took his own life at 23.

When Joshua was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009, he was prescribed a dizzying array of painkillers from Valium to Percocet, and eventually became addicted. That addiction, which carried on for five months while he was on active duty, only deepened the depression he was already experiencing. One day, he put a pistol to his temple and pulled the trigger.

Joshua's death and the circumstances surrounding it still haunt his family and friends, who wonder if the story might have ended differently. "I don't understand why they weren't drug testing him more frequently," Elliott Miranda -- Joshua's best friend and battle buddy in Iraq -- said of the Navy. In an extensive review of Joshua's medical records and Navy investigation reports -- in addition to interviews with those who knew him best -- David pieces together the story of one young man's life unraveling, and of the many missed opportunities to help him along the way.

Elsewhere in the issue, Ben Hallman peers into a corner of the foreclosure market that is rarely given attention -- the millions of renters who are the victims of the wars between their landlords and banks. According to one academic study, tenants make up 40 percent of all American evictions in foreclosed properties.

Ben centers his story around one such family in Anaheim, California. After being evicted by Bank of America from their condominium -- not far from the tourist fantasy of Disneyland -- Renee Genel, her boyfriend, her two children, and her toddler niece begin moving from cheap hotel to cheap hotel.

As part of our ongoing focus on The Third Metric, we also show you ways to make your workday healthier and less stressful.

And finally, Wharton School professor Adam Grant breaks down the varying personality types that populate the world of social media -- from the impressers, who aim to "disclose information that is flattering," to the expressers, who see social media as "an opportunity to be seen accurately by others."


This story appears in Issue 67 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Sept. 20 in the iTunes App store.