May 19, 2011 |
Women deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are emerging as a group especially vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers reported this week at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn. More than 230,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to a Los Angeles Times story published in April on PTSD among female military personnel. Women, however, have been denied insurance coverage for treatment for PTSD at a higher rate than men because of a former stipulation that required combat experience to qualify for the benefit.
May 3, 2011 |
Civilians who don the uniform and march into war carrying the psychological burden of previous trauma -- or of afflictions such as depression or anxiety disorder -- are far more likely than their mentally healthy comrades to suffer battle-related stress following deployment, new research has found. A study published this week in the Archives of General Psychiatry also found that women, African Americans and those with less education were slightly more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD )
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March 27, 2011 |
Petty Officer Sarax shifts in his seat as a therapist asks him about the wartime experiences that are causing strain with his wife. "There are some things that I just don't want to talk about with her and she keeps pushing," he says. "… I lost a couple of friends over there. It was bad. " Sarax could be one of many veterans who are struggling to cope with the stress and trauma of war. But he is in fact a computer simulation. Researchers at USC hope that virtual clients like Sarax will help social workers learn to interact with military personnel and identify the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
March 11, 2011 |
Disaster survivors in Japan must not only deal with physical trauma from earthquakes and tsunamis , but with psychological distress that can strike immediately, soon after or long after the event. "There will be people who will be able to move back to how things were, and there's going to be a subset of people who are going to have more mental health issues," said Melissa Brymer, a clinical psychologist and director of the Terrorism and Disaster Programs for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA.
February 25, 2011 |
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a lingering psychological response to a major traumatic event. And researchers studying the condition now have a clue about its development. Hint: Women and men are different. Their study, conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress.
February 17, 2011 |
This year marks the first time the five Oscar-nominated documentary shorts are getting a theatrical release, which is good news for the filmmakers, the distributors (Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures) and for the Oscar pool participants who in past years had to take a wild guess at which of the 40-minute (or less) films might take the prize. This year's crop takes viewers from a sinking New Guinea island to a pollution-imperiled village in rural China; from an extraordinary multi-ethnic school in Tel Aviv to one Muslim's quest for understanding and the defusing of jihad throughout the Middle East; and into the head of a young Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and her possible salvation through art. And each of these true-life depictions takes less time than the "CSI" folks need to crack a case.
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February 13, 2011 |
Greg Valentini's room in Hollywood is bigger than a jail cell, but not by much. It's a home, though, and better than lockup. "I'm sick of going to jail," he says, telling me he can't even remember how many times he's been arrested since his second tour with the Army ended in 2004. Valentini is a tall, bulky man of 33, a die-hard Clippers fan who's fidgety as a kid. While seated on a chair, his feet tap, his weight shifts. It's as if he might run, or as if there's something in him that can't be quieted.
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December 26, 2010 |
More than 40 years ago, while the Vietnam War was raging, the Los Angeles son of a world-famous critic of the war got a draft notice. Steve Peck managed to get a temporary deferment because he was in college. But after graduation, it was time to report to the Marines for duty. Peck's mother told Steve she could probably arrange for him to skip out and stay with family in Sweden, but he wasn't very politically aware and wasn't opposed to serving. "I certainly didn't want to use my father," said Peck, even if his famous Oscar-winning dad might have been able to get him out of military service.
December 10, 2010 |
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects almost 8 million Americans, according to surveys. It can be difficult to treat, and may require long-term psychotherapy. But researchers are on the lookout for drugs that may ease the traumatic memories or quell the symptoms, such as nightmares and anxiety. Scientists at Northwestern University reported this week that they have identified the molecular cause of the condition and were able to treat it in mice by injecting a medication into the brain within five hours of the traumatic event.
November 11, 2010 |
According to conventional wisdom, America didn't acknowledge the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder until the Vietnam War. But that isn't really quite true. Long before 1978's "Coming Home" and "The Deer Hunter" premiered, the nation was aware of what war could do to a person: Ulysses, Macbeth, the poet Wilfred Owen, J.D. Salinger's sleepless narrator in "For Esmé ? With Love and Squalor" all suffered psychologically from exposure to battle. (More recently, Pat Barker's award-winning "Regeneration" trilogy revolved around the treatment of shell-shock victims after World War I.)