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Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.
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Entries by Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 5:10 PM

The overwhelming responsibility we have to the welfare of our patients far exceeds the confidence we have in our scientific method. As a psychiatrist, I treat soldiers and veterans with brain conditions and injuries from combat. As a retired army general, I advised the most senior leaders of the Department...

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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Memorial Day -- Remembering Military Suicides

(91) Comments | Posted May 31, 2010 | 8:28 AM

For some families, this Memorial Day will be especially hard. Their loved ones -- spouses, parents, sons and daughters -- didn't die the hero's death. They were one of 160 soldiers last year who committed suicide, despite the military's unprecedented effort to stem the tide.

How does it happen?...

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PBS's This Emotional Life: What The Hurt Locker Got Right

(15) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM

Much to the confusion of those who have not experienced combat -- parents and spouses, siblings and friends -- many young people say that 'going to war' was one of the best things that ever happened to them. Several of my friends from the Vietnam era attribute maturing and gaining...

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PBS' 'This Emotional Life': Why Soldiers Drink

(89) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 7:38 AM

Soldiers drink alcohol.

They have for thousands of years -- to celebrate, to forget, to fortify themselves for the next day's battle. In the Iliad, Homer recounted feasts and games flowing with wine and spirits. Indeed, for most young people, whether in or out of uniform, alcohol is a...

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