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Veterans With Ptsd

Veterans Express Their True Selves Beyond The Uniform In Stunning Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 19, 2015; 11:55 a.m. EDT. A new photo series is casting clichés aside by portraying veterans as nothing but their truest selves. ...

The Power Of Pets For Veterans With PTSD

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As we dedicate Veteran's Day to paying homage to the thousands of brave men and women who protect our country, we also recognize those organizations t...

Veterans' Well-Being: Improving Veterans Access to Health Care

Robert Piper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I hope that one day a veteran can walk into any VA hospital or health care facility and be given options for any affliction that they're facing without being put on a waiting list. The government needs to help veterans get access to health care that they deserve.

Take the Step: Raise PTSD Awareness

Dr. Matthew J. Friedman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matthew J. Friedman

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.

Everyone Should Be Talking About Removing the Stigma of PTSD That Veterans Face

Robert Piper | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I'm proud to live in America, and I love the fact that brave men and women support the military efforts of this country by keeping us safe. They should also be offered the proper health care and employment opportunities to get back onto their feet.

Yoga: A Veteran's Way to Serve Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

"Now I might chant a little but I still try to make yoga as relatable as possible to the military culture, so I try to quickly emphasize breath, muscles, and mind: three things all vets can relate to."

One Humanitarian Crisis You Haven't Donated To

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

With so many of our warriors struggling daily to overcome this debilitating condition, veterans need our support more than ever. It's time to put politics aside and build a veterans aid movement from the ground level up.

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.

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.