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War Veterans Mental Health

The True Cost of Blind Patriotism: Despair and Veteran Suicide

William McNulty | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
William McNulty

Today, PTSD is better understood and treated than it has ever been. Why, then, is suicide so much more prevalent in young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan when compared with the general population?

Wartime PTSD: What Works and How to Care for a Loved One

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

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.

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

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.

Veteran's Day 2012: A Tribute

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Let's remember that the effects of their service do not end once they are no longer actively in the military. Veterans continue to give us significant parts of their lives, even years after their duty is over.

War Atrocities in Afghanistan: Who Is Blameworthy?

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Institutional military medicine is deserving of at least some liability for the steady drum beat of war stress injuries and misconduct stress behaviors.