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Military Ptsd

Three Ways Modern Technology Increases the Likelihood of PTSD Among Veterans

Andrew Smiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Smiler

In a culture where being a worker, earning your keep, and providing for your family are highly valued and taking time to sit and reflect is seen as an indulgence, we've deprived our returning veterans of something they very much need: time to wind down and return to the thing we call normal.

Survivors: I Didn't Join The Military To Get Raped

Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact

By Sara Benincasa, TakePart At 21, Jacinda considered her male coworkers in the Navy to be her brothers. That was before she awoke in a drunken haz...

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.

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.

Who Are We? And What I Would Want a Civilian Counselor to Know

Jose E. Coll, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact
Jose E. Coll, Ph.D.

It is important for practitioners working with veterans to recognize the various conflicts or wars in which our veterans have served, to comprehend the historical, social, political, and cultural implications of military service, as veterans are not "a one size fits all."

Time for Plain Talk About Rising Rates of Suicide in the Military

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The emotional wounds of war don't heal with drugs. Isn't it time we tried something else? And if so, what's out there for us to use to heal our warriors? The simplest answer might surprise you.

When Coming Home from War Is Just the Beginning of the Battle

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

For too many troops, physical combat on the battlefield turns into a psychological battle as they struggle to transition back into a turbulent American society.

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.

Why Are Military Spouses Being Left Out Of PTSD Treatment?

Anne Woods | Posted 05.18.2012 | Impact
Anne Woods

"As a military spouse for 20 years, we hear that we are the backbone of the military. Now it's time to care for those who proudly serve in the shadow...

Can the Simple Act Of Storytelling Help Save Lives?

Leila Levinson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Let us celebrate and support the invaluable writing programs for veterans within our communities. And then let us listen to the stories our veterans speak.

Improve Mental-Health Care for Our Troops

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Obama should use the bully pulpit to urge troops and veterans to seek help if they are depressed, suffering from PTSD or suicidal. He should also trumpet legislation to fund more mental-health counselors for the armed forces and for veterans.

The True Cost of Our Wars?

Leila Levinson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

By the end of 2013, Sullivan anticipates that the number of vets with potential longterm PTSD will be 1.1 million, as opposed to the 211,819 that exist now.

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.

Art: Healing Us Through The Trauma Of War

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Si does not believe that his art has diminished his trauma. He believes it has sustained him, helped to keep him alive.

The Hidden Danger To Our Veterans And Service Members

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

The veterans know on a gut level that the remedy to their intolerable memories and nightmares -- both waking and asleep -- will not come through a pill.

How More Time At Home Could Ease Post-Traumatic Stress For Vets

Keith Crosby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Keith Crosby

Service personnel need time to recover emotionally and physically from their battlefield scars.

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?

Can Meditation Bolster Mental Health in Soldiers and Veterans?

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

Our service people are over-medicated downrange, mostly with legal drugs. This creates problems -- from slower reaction times to possibly an increased vulnerability to suicide later on.