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Why 'Mentally-Ill Soldier' Reporting On Fort Hood Shooting Was Sloppy Journalism

Mark Joyella | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Joyella

These kinds of subtle connections, floated out in headlines, ledes and in repeated questions to experts in endless cable news coverage, result in reinforcement of stigma and a lost opportunity to educate viewers and readers on what mental illness and PTSD really are.

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.

Time to Pay the Price of War

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Help has been slow to come for members of our military and our veterans in crisis. Nearly 1 million veterans from various wars await a ruling from the Veterans Administration on their claims for disability.

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.

Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Remember the Living

Dave Helfert | Posted 07.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dave Helfert

This Memorial Day, honor those who have fallen in service to the nation. They have given the last full measure and they surely deserve our respect and gratitude. But take just a minute to honor those who fought in our wars and lived. For many, their battles are far from over.

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.

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.

Time for a Federal Veterans Court

Leila Levinson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Crime
Leila Levinson

While the emergence of veterans courts is an invaluable reform, no state mandates them. It is up to the individual county whether to create a veterans court. This creates a terrible roll of the dice for the veteran.

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.

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.

Preventing Military Misconduct Stress Behaviors

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

There is no doubt in my mind that EMDR therapy can significantly reduce and/or relieve a lot of pain and suffering for many military members and veterans, and doing so would prevent an untold number of misconduct stress behaviors and chronic war stress injuries such as PTSD and depression.

Post-War Fatigue: The Psychological Price We're All Paying

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.

Now, a new generation comes home from wars that have gone on for a decade, often with no clear sense of victory. For those who have managed to return physically unscathed, how many carry memories of pain that also leave them feeling alienated and unable to communicate?

The Final Battle: Moving Past Trauma

E. C. Hurley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living
E. C. Hurley, Ph.D.

There is a desperate need to maintain hope that the veteran can win in the final battle -- coming home. So, where does a veteran turn for help? Know there are health care providers who are committed to making a difference both to the veteran and family members. Together we all can make a difference.

Finally Giving Our Troops The Support They Really Need

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

It is disgraceful that a court has to force Congress and the administration to provide our veterans with the care they need as a result of serving our country. If we support our troops, why is it a federal court that is making those words more than lip service?