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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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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Debate over Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


The Debate over Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
“[W]e must be able to agree that some stable, replicable construct exists before we can show that the construct is what we believe to be.”

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not sufficiently well defined to be listed in DSM-V. So argues Patricia Resick and colleagues in the June issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies [2012, 25(3), 241-251].

DSM-V (also DSM-5) is the planned fifth edition of the American Psychiatric

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Suicide in the Military


Suicide in the Military
"The health of a society is reflected in its incidence of suicide."

The suicide rate among military service members has increased dramatically since 2001. Risk factors include repetitive and stressful deployments, military hardships, PTSD, TBI, and substance abuse. Despite raised awareness, training modules and screenings, suicide numbers continue to rise,

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