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The Science of Resilience

Steven M. Southwick | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Steven M. Southwick

When my colleagues and I began to study post-traumatic stress disorder, we assumed resilient people were somehow special, perhaps genetically gifted. We were wrong. Everyone can learn and train to be more resilient.

Man's Best Friend Should Not Be a Pill

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

No doubt, painkillers are often an absolute necessity to veterans suffering from excruciating and debilitating pain. But even in these cases, we need to go further in offering substantive, long-term treatments that will help veterans return to their lives and fulfill their dreams.

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.

The War That Comes Home: How Veterans's PTSD Affects Their Children

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Everyone returns from war wounded, bringing their war home into the hearts of their families. That is the cruelest aspect of going to war, that the veteran isn't able to protect that which he or she holds most dear: his or her family.