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Category: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


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, 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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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