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June 26, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Experts expect that 400,000 or more U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will suffer from PTSD at some point. A new study suggests that they'll have more to worry about than a debilitating psychiatric condition - they could also be at much greater risk for heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death. In research published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists studying a group of male twins who served in the military during the Vietnam era - 1964 to 1975 - found that a diagnosis of PTSD more than doubled the likelihood that they would go on to develop heart disease.
August 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Iraq war veteran who claimed he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he fatally stabbed his girlfriend was convicted Friday of murder. Jurors found Tymarc Warren, 28, guilty of first-degree murder for the Jan. 8, 2011, slaying of Eileen Garnreiter, 22. At the time of the killing, the couple had been fighting because Garnreiter had threatened to end their relationship and take their 5-week-old daughter. Warren, who testified in his own defense, said Garnreiter shoved him while he was holding their daughter in the kitchen of their Lawndale apartment.
December 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man who forced his way into a Reseda apartment Friday night and shot its two occupants -- one fatally -- is a 32-year-old Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, Los Angeles police said. For reasons still unclear to investigators, Ricardo Javier Tapia, 32, of Reseda forced his way into an apartment in the 7500 block of Canby Avenue about 6:40 p.m. Friday armed with a handgun, according to police. Police said he shot a man and woman inside, killing the man and critically wounding the woman.
June 28, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
For military personnel sent to war zones, seeing killing, maiming or dead bodies dramatically increases the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. But researchers studying service members deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have identified another factor that may raise the risk of those psychiatric conditions by almost the same degree: a history of insomnia. In a study published Friday in the journal Sleep, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found that sleep problems before deployment at least doubled the risk for PTSD and quadrupled it for depression.
August 7, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Iraq war veteran, who fatally stabbed his girlfriend after she threatened to end their relationship and leave with their 5-week-old daughter, is falsely claiming to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in an attempt to escape a murder conviction, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. "PTSD is very real, it's just not in this case," Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Dunnick said during closing arguments in Tymarc Warren's murder trial. "Ultimately, there was nothing to suggest that anything about his military experience had any effect on his mental state.
December 26, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- The Pentagon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars searching for a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the overarching term for the nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and restlessness suffered by many troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly all of the dozens of research projects involve long-term counseling and prescription drugs. But researchers at the Naval Medical Center San Diego believe that something as seemingly simple as injections of an anesthetic given to women during childbirth may be effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with PTSD.
July 19, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Ruth Moore described herself as a "vivacious" 18-year-old serving in the Navy when, she says, a superior raped her outside a club in Europe. After that, she attempted suicide and was discharged, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — an ailment she says she did not have. Moore applied for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs but was denied multiple times — despite submitting witness testimony that she had been raped and subsequently treated for chlamydia.
September 19, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Michael Butcher has applied for at least 25 jobs since injuries he suffered in Iraq forced him to leave the Army three years ago. "I was even turned down by McDonald's," said the 29-year-old San Diego native. The military is known for developing leadership, adaptability, loyalty and teamwork. But Butcher said when he tells employers he needs time off to see therapists for post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury, they don't call back. "They think you are mental," he said.
April 25, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE — In a move to improve treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, the Army is discouraging the use of traditional definitions such as feelings of fear, helplessness and horror — symptoms that may not be in a trained warrior's vocabulary. It also is recommending against the use of anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medications for such combat stress in favor of more proven drugs. The changes are reflected in a new policy document released this month, one that reflects a growing understanding of the "occupational" nature of the condition for many troops.
January 23, 2014 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Jennifer Percy's debut book, "Demon Camp" (Scribner: 223 pp., $26), is a true story about one American soldier's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. By telling the story of Caleb Daniels and his demons, the writer shines a bright light on America's wounded psyche. An award-winning reporter, Percy met Daniels when she was interviewing veterans and their families about their experiences with PTSD, looking to understand their stories in the wake of an alarming rise in suicides among veterans.
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