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Military Mental Health

How Compassion, Not Money, Can Help Military Refugees

Posted 04.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Some might think that the most effective way to assist military refugees is by donating money. David Wallis, contributing editor of NationSwell.com, a...

War Vet: Military Violence Caused In Part By Recruiting From 'Predisposed Trauma Demographic'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday, war veterans joined HuffPost Live to discuss the mental health issues, namely Post Traumatic Stress D...

Death Rate Unusually High For Young Veterans

Los Angeles Times | ALAN ZAREMBO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Mark Tyree was chasing death. The 25-year-old Marine veteran drank heavily and drove fast — often at the same time. Tyree had walked away from two s...

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

Six Degrees of Broken Washington

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Marjorie Morrison

How do we fix something that is broken beyond our control? On the other hand, doing nothing is no longer an option. One of my favorite sayings is, "politics it too important to leave to the politicians."

Kathleen Miles

Cop Killer Not A Sociopath, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.11.2013 | Los Angeles

Christopher Dorner, the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop who had declared "war" on the LAPD, is not a sociopath, psychologists said. Dorner's spree of v...

Protecting Our Military, Protecting Us: An Earnest Plea to Change Our National Perceptions About Mental Illness

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

These days, we talk incessantly about living well and achieving life balance, yet we wear masks to hide our pain. No matter who you are, true wellness can never be achieved behind these and without facing our pain and stressors.

Attempted Suicide Is a Mental Health Issue

Major General Mark A. Graham | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Major General Mark A. Graham

Our society continues to struggle to understand the factors that lead service members and veterans to choose to end their lives, as we search for successful programs and effective interventions.

Are Our Vets Getting a Bum Rap?

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Morrison

We civilians need to do a better job understanding and supporting our service members who have given all to protect our country. We can shift our thinking from problematic to positive when we think about hiring, counseling or dealing with our service members.

The Military's Mental Health Crisis

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Marjorie Morrison

From 2005 to 2010, service members took their own lives at a rate of about one every 36 hours. I don't think we are going to see those numbers decline anytime soon.

Investigating the Root Causes and Negligence in a Military Mental Health Crisis

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

What actually led to the current mental health crisis in the first place? Who knew, or should have known what, when, and what did they do, or not do to prevent or mitigate the crisis?

How Trauma Is Impacting Our Culture And What We Can Do To Help

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's important for people who suffer with trauma to get the treatment that's appropriate to their unique experiences and that is sensitive to the specific symptoms they are struggling with at the moment.

Who Cares? Part II: Mortgaging The Future of Veteran's Mental Healthcare

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

In part one of "WHO CARES? Veterans Denied Access to Top PTSD Treatment," we began to explore how political decisions by leaders of Institutional Mili...

Panetta Make Unprecedented Move On Military Mental Health

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental ...

Memorial Day: An Opportunity to Reach Out to Veterans

Lisa Firestone | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Getting veterans to the help they need is imperative. It is also valuable for us to have an understanding of the many factors that lead to increased suicide risk among veterans.

Repeated Military Deployment Is Like Waterboarding

Eliot Daley | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Sgt. Bales is a prime example: he had been sent into battle, faced death, then came home to comfort and safety. Then he was thrust back into battle, facing bombs and bullets and possible death once more, then home to comfort and safety. Again and again.

Who Gets Better From Combat Stress (And How)

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

There are several studies claiming a 70-percent improvement rate for returning warriors who are treated for combat stress with various cognitive behavioral therapies and/or prolonged exposure strategies. But this is a misleading number.

The State Of Mental Health Care For Veterans' Families

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home

In 2003, John Henry Parker got a phone call from the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region that stopped him cold. His son, Danny Facto, a married...

It Is Possible For A Veteran To Heal From War's Invisible Wounds?

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Those of us who have never gone to war -- and today that means about 90 percent of us -- how able are we to imagine it?

Closing the Hope Gap: President Obama as Psychoanalyst-in-Chief

Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon

President Obama's campaign to help military families in any and every way possible may just turn out to be more effective in stemming the tragic epidemic of military suicides than any psychotropic drug or psychotherapeutic intervention.

Army Struggles With Mental Health Amid 2 Long Wars

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A baby-faced, chain-smoking infantryman who was on a prescribed antidepressant when he allegedly shot and killed a captured...

Addressing The Psychological Impact Of Combat

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Our society does a poor job of addressing psychological pain and suffering. Indeed we humans seem to have a difficult time addressing our own mental health needs.

Chaplains and Religion Substituted for Professional Mental Health Care in the Military

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

The military's practice of substituting religion for professional mental health care for PTSD and suicide prevention has become increasingly frequent, with alarming reports coming in from active duty troops and veterans.

Distressed Soldiers Get Mental Health Treatment...On The Battlefield

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

FORWARD OPERATING BASE BOSTICK, Afghanistan — Sgt. Thomas Riordan didn't want to return to Afghanistan after home leave. He had just fought thro...

A Good Man: Discussing Army Behavioral Health

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

Not a day goes by that I don't think about some way, shape, or form of how those events could have been prevented. That's the crux of behavioral health.