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How Should Doctors Treat Childhood Trauma?

How Should Doctors Treat Childhood Trauma?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After tragic events involving children, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and the kidnapping of 5-year-old Ethan by Jimmy Lee Dykes’ in Alabama, researchers are focusing more …

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s Killing Puts Spotlight on PTSD

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s Killing Puts Spotlight on PTSD

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The shooting death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, an advocate for veterans’ mental health, has pushed the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder among American troops to the fore.Kyle, who was known as America’s …

Denver Woman Sentenced for Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

Denver Woman Sentenced for Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

Hemera/Thinkstock(DENVER) — A Denver woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree perjury and attempting to influence a public servant for faking post-traumatic stress disorder to dodge jury duty, according to a statement from the Denver District Attorn…

Military Wives Stripping Down to Battle PTSD

Military Wives Stripping Down to Battle PTSD

Ashley Wise(NEW YORK) — Military wives across the country are stripping down for their soldier husbands to draw attention to what they see as the rampant problem of post traumatic stress disorder.  They say they want to create awareness of the an…

VA Cuts Funding for Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

VA Cuts Funding for Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Courtesy Lindsey Stanek(NEW YORK) — The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer cover the cost of service dogs assigned to people with mental disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Federal Register. The VA laid out…

Painful Memories May Be Erasable, Study Suggests

Painful Memories May Be Erasable, Study Suggests

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bad memories are hard to shake. But a new study suggests some details can be intentionally forgotten, raising hope for people with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.Scottish researchers used words like …

Study Shows Veterans May Be at Risk for Aging at Accelerated Rate

Study Shows Veterans May Be at Risk for Aging at Accelerated Rate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Men and women who serve their country come home every day only to suffer from mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  And now there is increasing evidence that there are even more negati…

Couples Therapy Cuts PTSD Symptoms, Improves Relationships

Couples Therapy Cuts PTSD Symptoms, Improves Relationships

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — According to statistics, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, are twice as likely to separate from a spouse or divorce.  But a new study suggests couples therapy can cut PTSD symptoms and keep f…

Shooting Witnesses: Shock Value Could Add to PTSD Vulnerability

Shooting Witnesses: Shock Value Could Add to PTSD Vulnerability

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) — A shooting erupted at the midnight premiere showing of Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colo., theater complex filled with young adults, teenagers and young children with their families, some dressed in playful Batman-…

Soldiers and Veterans Should Have Annual PTSD Screenings, Report Says

Soldiers and Veterans Should Have Annual PTSD Screenings, Report Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Servicemen and women returning from the war zones get screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, but a new report says too little happens after that. An Institute of Medicine study says that of those who show sym…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Soldiers and Vets Should Receive Purple Heart

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Soldiers and Vets Should Receive Purple Heart

Jupiterimages/Comstock(NEW YORK) — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) stated that Soldiers and veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) should be considered to receive the Purple Heart Medal, as reported in the Medical…

Purple Hearts for Troops with PTSD?

Purple Hearts for Troops with PTSD?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — When Ron Morton returned from Vietnam in 1976, he abused drugs, attempted suicide and failed as a husband, unaware he was suffering a classic case of post-traumatic stress disorder from the near-fatal accidents he wit…

Panetta on Military Suicides: ‘We Can Do More, We Must Do More’

Panetta on Military Suicides: ‘We Can Do More, We Must Do More’

DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett(WASHINGTON) — More active duty troops die from suicide than from combat, and the Pentagon chief is frustrated that efforts to prevent suicides are not succeeding.  And despite the Pentagon’s efforts so far, suicides are…

Heart Attacks and PTSD: A Vicious Cycle

Heart Attacks and PTSD: A Vicious Cycle

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — PTSD is a type of anxiety that occurs after a severely frightening experience. Sufferers experience nightmares, high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. Often, they live in fear of things that would remind th…

Wounded Warriors Helping Dogs Help Vets

Wounded Warriors Helping Dogs Help Vets

Wounded warriors train service dogs to help other injured servicemen and women. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) — A group of disabled Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans has taken on an important mission — training service dogs to aid other wounded vets on…

PTSD, Depression Passed Through Generations, Study Finds

PTSD, Depression Passed Through Generations, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Researchers at UCLA have identified mutations within three genes, which according to them may make some people more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.The research…

911 Dispatchers at Risk for PTSD, Research Says

911 Dispatchers at Risk for PTSD, Research Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DEKALB, Ill.) — The emergency dispatchers who remain calm and unemotional while handling 911 calls may not witness the carnage their front-line police and firefighting colleagues encounter, but they can be just as vulnerable to …

Denver Woman Accused of Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

Denver Woman Accused of Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

KMGB/ABC News(DENVER) — A Denver woman is facing felony charges for allegedly faking post-traumatic stress disorder to dodge jury duty.Susan Cole, 57, arrived for jury selection in June looking purposefully disheveled, wearing curlers in her hair and …

Army Hospital Accused of Reversing PTSD Diagnoses to Cut Costs

Army Hospital Accused of Reversing PTSD Diagnoses to Cut Costs

Frank Rossoto Stocktrek/Getty Images(TACOMA, Wash.) — An army hospital in Tacoma, Wash. is under fire for reneging on mental health care for troops diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Since 2007, more than 300 soldiers under consideration f…

Sgt. Robert Bales-PTSD Link at Odds With Research

Sgt. Robert Bales-PTSD Link at Odds With Research

US Army(NEW YORK) — When Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was arrested last week for allegedly killing 16 men, women and children in Kandahar, Afghanistan, speculation swirled that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, had caused him to snap. The disor…

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