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Ptsd Veterans

Operation Purple and Living With PTSD

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Campoamor

We thank them publicly and declare holidays in their honor, yet we refuse to try to understand their needs and, therefore, perpetuate a never-ending cycle of fear and stigma. We express our gratitude from a distance, leaving them feeling as broken as we believe them to be.

Vets Respond To Fort Hood Shooting: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood, veterans and mental health advocates stressed the importance of reducing the stigma arou...

Three Ways Modern Technology Increases the Likelihood of PTSD Among Veterans

Andrew Smiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Smiler

In a culture where being a worker, earning your keep, and providing for your family are highly valued and taking time to sit and reflect is seen as an indulgence, we've deprived our returning veterans of something they very much need: time to wind down and return to the thing we call normal.

The Real Sacrifice

Ernie D’Leon | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Ernie D’Leon

These "anything goes, its war" justifications begin to haunt us, though they shouldn't, because in the heat of battle anything does go. But, it bothers us, even though we're warriors, we're also human.

Wartime PTSD: What Works and How to Care for a Loved One

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences issued "Treatment for PTSD in Military and Veteran Populations (Initial Assessment)" after reviewing Department of Defense and VA data on prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of PTSD.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

Why Childhood Trauma Can Lead to PTSD, and How Tapping Can Help

Nick Ortner | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Nick Ortner

The simple and undeniable truth now reflected to us in our very genes is that our feelings are intricately connected with our physiology and must be considered when we encounter any kind of distress, be it emotional or physical. We must address our entire being if we truly hope to heal.

The Harsh Struggles Only Female Vets Face

Posted 03.29.2013 | Impact

By Sara Benincasa, TakePart Women veterans are part of the national conversation as never before. This topicality is partially thanks to the fact t...

Healing Vets: Looking Forward and Back

Shad Meshad | Posted 02.07.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We know so much more about helping vets now. But that's challenged by the nature of injuries from blasts, IED's and multiple deployments. The VA can't do it all. We need the help of the whole society to help these warriors heal.

Veteran's Day 2012: A Tribute

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Let's remember that the effects of their service do not end once they are no longer actively in the military. Veterans continue to give us significant parts of their lives, even years after their duty is over.

Deploy an Army of Mental Health Professionals to Serve Our Veterans

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

We need an army of mental health professionals deployed to serve active duty service members, veterans, their families and even their immediate communities. Professionals must specialize in the specific climate of the military and the population so they apply treatments that work.

This Independence Day, Let's Give the Gift of Yoga to Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Therapies and supports exist to help war veterans overcome obstacles; among them are the practices of yoga and meditation, which are yielding promising and measurable benefits.

Mad, Bad, Sad: What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers

Nan Levinson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Nan Levinson

Victim is one of the two roles we allow our soldiers and veterans (the other is, of course, hero), but most don't have PTSD, and this isn't one of those stories.

National Abandonment

Wendy Strgar | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Worldwide, the question of how we care for each other, how a society sustains itself, is being examined. But nowhere is this abandonment being more acutely felt than among returning veterans and their families.

Attention Vets: A New Recovery Option for PTSD

Nick Ortner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nick Ortner

We've found an important tool that promotes recovery from PTSD in war veterans. It's the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), otherwise known as Tapping, which combines Western psychotherapy with the Eastern "acupressure points" used in acupuncture.

War Atrocities in Afghanistan: Who Is Blameworthy?

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Institutional military medicine is deserving of at least some liability for the steady drum beat of war stress injuries and misconduct stress behaviors.

Giving Our Troops Their Lives Back, One Dog at a Time

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

Our returning soldiers have sacrificed a lot for their country. As they return home, they need our appreciation and profound respect. This begins with getting better, and for so many, that begins with a dog.

How The Body Speaks For Your Experiences

E. C. Hurley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
E. C. Hurley, Ph.D.

Veterans know that being in the military can be hazardous to their health. The risk of facing the enemy and putting their life on the line is something soldiers face regularly. It's the nature of "going to war." Yet, there are numerous other unknown risks that are not apparent until later in life.

The Many Faces Of Fear And How To Deal With Them

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.

We've all heard the phrase "life is suffering." Unfortunately, some people misinterpret this to mean there is nothing they can do about their unhappiness.

Why Our Unconscious Rules Us ... And What To Do About It

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.

One of the common denominators of people who enter therapy is the feeling of being "stuck" in some way. Often there is the feeling of not being able to break out of a set of behaviors, feelings or thoughts. People know "it should be different," but can't seem to get things to really change for themselves.

When Memories Of The Past Interrupt The Present

E. C. Hurley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2012 | Healthy Living
E. C. Hurley, Ph.D.

Everyone returns changed from a combat deployment. Spouses of combat soldiers frequently report their partner is typically less communicative, more emotionally distant, socially isolated, irritable, and more reactive. They generally report that the honeymoon period after coming home may have lasted three days, perhaps even a couple of weeks before the difficulties began.

The Real Cost Of Wartime Stress

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 04.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Media and official reports on prevalence rates of military war stress injury have focused almost exclusively on escalating rates of well-known war stress injuries such as PTSD, depression, generalized anxiety, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, the true impact from war trauma cannot be reduced to a handful of psychiatric diagnoses, as some may want.

3 Treatment Options For PTSD

E. C. Hurley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Healthy Living
E. C. Hurley, Ph.D.

Many veterans never dreamed of needing help coping with life following combat deployments. While the impact of surviving in a combat zone has left many veterans seeking help in overcoming posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there have been significant advances in treatment.

How Unprocessed Memories Keep Us Apart -- And How To Heal Them

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.

When I first began to develop EMDR therapy back in 1987, I experimented with everyone who was willing to volunteer. One of the things I found very interesting was that often the problem they were concentrating on would spontaneously connect in their minds to earlier memories that were related in some way. That's how I began to discover that the past was really present.