The damages of war go far beyond what we once believed; society has now reached an understanding about the kind of moral, communal and psychological toll war can have on the soldiers, their family, community and even country.
So what if the stress of living on the streets is so intense that I'm sometimes incoherent? So what if the terrible memories of the battlefield ma...
When I think about all of the medications I've taken and therapies I've undergone to try and abate the PTSD symptoms and ancillary illnesses, I am amazed at how the touch of a loved one seems to do more to help ease the emotional and physical pain than any other remedy.
On June 5, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of murder in the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers, mostly children, in March last year. In no way do I condone his heinous act, but in my opinion, when Bales' foot was blown off, his Army career should have been over.
In today's culture, capitalism drives our consumption machine. It's all instant gratification, all the time -- and that's when everything else in our life is smooth sailing. When a condition as complex and unnerving as PTSD enters the equation, it makes an overly abundant vice like overconsumption even more tempting.
As I've gotten older I've tried to reflect less on the festivities and more on the true meaning of Independence Day and all that it represents. In anticipation of this year's holiday, my mission was to learn more about the ongoing needs of those who have made and kept America free -- our veterans.
Simple acts of kindness will help you see the good in your life and the good in the world, which is exactly the remedy you need to feel rooted in your new civilian life. With this strategy in mind, you'll be on your way to transforming Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth.
You don't have to look far to see other examples of veterans in public service. Senators Max Cleland and John McCain, both Vietnam veterans, come instantly to mind. And that's just the political scene. What about business, science, medicine, the arts?
In order to ensure the United States does not repeat the mistakes of the past, a full and public accounting of how U.S. government policies and practices failed to conform to our legal and moral obligations is required.
I kept my secret for eight years. For eight years I suffered in silence through the horrors of my own personal Hell. I endured close to a decade of rage, tears and ultimately self-destruction. The memories are nauseating, the shame unparalleled. The trauma didn't stop when my abuse did.
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.
We were told prior to its publication that DSM-5 would be a 'living document' subject to correction. It turns out that this correction needs to begin right now -- DSM-5 in its current form is unacceptably imprecise and cries out for an immediate and thorough re-editing.
Faced with joblessness, homelessness and severe emotional scarring, many of our veterans are getting pretty angry -- and rightfully so. The problem is, this deadly sin has a track record for making problems worse, and the last thing our warriors deserve is more turmoil coloring their new post-war normal.
Greater public awareness of PTSD can help reduce the stigma of this mental health problem and overcome the negative stereotypes that keep many people from pursuing treatment.
Rather than give lip service to victims and continued power to victimizers, the leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions.
By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...