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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Military PTSD & the Epidemiology of Disabilities


Military PTSD & the Epidemiology of Disabilities
“PTSD is an increasingly more common and severe disability.”

“As more service members are deployed into combat situations, it is essential to understand the epidemiology of disability from PTSD to target appropriate interventions and to prevent or mitigate deleterious long-term mental health outcomes in service members and in those transitioning to

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Psychological Trauma & Recovery: The Ecological View


Psychological Trauma & Recovery: The Ecological View
“Shaping the interrelationship of individuals and their communities are a wide variety of person, event and environmental factors.”

Portland Vet Center psychologist Lori Daniels, speaking at the WDVA Contractors’ Conference at Chelan [October, 2012], addressed the issue of Military Sexual Trauma. She emphasized the ecology of the circumstances surrounding the trauma as essential for the therapist’s understanding and for the

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Power of Eco-Therapy


The Power of Eco-Therapy
“Eco-therapy is a tool I use to manage life with PTSD and depression.”

I remember the day when I found purpose again, deep in a thicket of knotweed. I was there with a group of students, and this was our first encounter with that invasive species. I drifted away from the others and wrapped myself in my thoughts, fears, and insecurities, and worked alone. Before long,

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Salute to Tom Schumacher


Salute to Tom Schumacher
WDVA PTSD/Trauma Program Director, Tom Schumacher, recently announced he will be transitioning out of the job he has held since 1984.

During past conflicts, military personal headed off to war, often for prolonged deployments, but returned to their homes and loved ones and began moving forward into their post-war lives. But during the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, for more than a decade, the process of healing and

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Eagles Walk the Talk


Eagles Walk the Talk
Eastern Washington University understands the importance of providing a forum where veterans can come together and experience team, community and mentorship.

Many colleges and universities in Washington State tout being “veteran friendly.” Eastern Washington University (Rodolfo Arévalo, President) is walking the talk. At Eastern, university leadership and community supporters recently opened the Veteran Resource Center.

The huge, 2,000 square-foot

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

PSTD Diagnosis: Forensic vs. Clinical


PSTD Diagnosis: Forensic vs. Clinical
The heart of the matter is the difference between the processes.

Headline: “Army changes PTSD evaluations—Forensic Methods led to loss of pensions—Soldiers retested after problems at Madigan” [Hal Benton, Seattle Times, 8/1/2012]. The article quotes General Lloyd Austin, the Army’s vice chief of staff: “We learned ... officials acted in accordance

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Telemental Health Therapy


Telemental Health Therapy
“I love the looks I get when I tell people I work from home in Bellingham—for the Portland VA—with veterans in rural Oregon.”

To meet the challenges of an ever expanding rural population, the VA is investing in infrastructure, software, and equipment, as well as developing national policies, procedures, and standards, to provide high quality care via Telemental Health technologies. Think Skype, but with full internet

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Teletechnology Improves Mental Health Services


Teletechnology Improves Mental Health Services
VA Puget Sound introduces new technology for delivery of mental health services.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System is using technology to improve veterans’ access to mental health care through videoconferencing, telephone, mobile applications, and online. A Teletechnology Service Team aims to deliver cutting-edge mental health services that integrate conveniently with

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Invisibly Wounded


Invisibly Wounded
A Personal Story of Traumatic Brain Injury

My personal experience with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) started in 2005 when I was deployed to Iraq. My unit was the 10th Mountain Division and our mission was to deny and prevent enemy operations within the Baghdad area. September 14 started out like any other day. We felt prepared for the worst

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Optimism Predicts Resilience to Trauma Pathology


Optimism Predicts Resilience to Trauma Pathology
“Helping pessimists become optimists entails changing their way of thinking.”

Navy researchers Francine Segovia and colleagues are optimistic in endorsing the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Training, designed to reduce the incidence of PTSD resulting from combat (Segovia et al., Journal of Traumatic Stress. “Optimism Predicts Resilience in Repatriated Prisoners of

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