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The news about the Unites States withdrawing military forces from Afghanistan is hard to stomach. I am angry. I am sad. And I am worried. Worried about the people left there under the Taliban regime. Worried about the possible backlash to the Muslim community here in the United States. Worried about the troops still there working with humanitarian aid. Worried about the veterans and their families who sacrificed so much. Decades of work, deployments, injuries, and death for seemingly nothing.
Each year, children and adolescents experience disasters and other traumatic events. Parents, rescue workers, and members of the larger community can help children start the process of recovery and overcome these experiences.
Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, discusses PTSD signs, symptoms, and treatments, as well as the latest research on PTSD. She also discussed some of the challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and pandemic has presented for individuals living with PTSD and other mental illnesses.
Duane France has a conversation with Layla Hernandez, Behavioral Health Manager for Silver Key Senior Services. In the Insight Segment, Duane looks at former service members who might be overlooked when it comes to mental health.
Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.
As my 60th birthday approaches, the internal emotions are ramping up. Over the years, I’ve heard the saying that health is one of those things you never fully appreciate until it’s gone. While this is definitely true, most often it’s used in reference to physical health. But what happens when your mental health is compromised?
Sir, I do not request an apology, explanation, or acknowledgment of my letter. As a lecturer at Texas A&M who advises future leaders, I wrote this to say that I mattered then, and I matter now. I did not deserve to be relegated to a second-class soldier.
The events taking place in the news may be triggering to many in our BrainLine community. If you need to talk, you are not alone. There are resources available now. Please reach out to these crisis lines.
A University of Washington study finds 81% of sexual assault survivors experience significant PTSD-related symptoms just one week after the attack, 75% after a month, 53% after three months. After a full year, 41% percent met the criteria for PTSD diagnosis. Study authors discovered that many started feeling better within three months.
Because traumatic experiences are frequently unresolvable or difficult to make sense of, the stories we tell about them lack a resolution as well. I’m reminded, for example, of a story relayed to Michael Herr, a war correspondent who spent a year in Vietnam and later wrote a book titled Dispatches about his experiences there. (He also co-wrote Full Metal Jacket with Stanley Kubrick.)
Heightened risk of PTSD occurred in MERS and SARS survivors. While data concerning COVID-19 is lacking, PTSD is known to occur in patient groups who undergo similar hospital courses, including ICU survivors, patients who are intubated and mechanically ventilated, and those that experience delirium. Research with patients who develop PTSD in the context of mild traumatic brain injury further suggests that PTSD may account for some or all of a patient’s subjective cognitive complaints and neuropsychological test performance. Recommendations are provided for assessing PTSD in the context of COVID-19.
Military veterans may be at elevated risk for COVID-19–associated psychiatric issues given high rates of preexisting psychiatric conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal ideation (SI). In this survey study, we analyzed data from a national sample of US military veterans to examine (1) the prevalence of COVID-19–associated PTG among veterans with and without COVID-19–associated PTSD symptoms and (2) the incremental association between PTG and SI during the pandemic.
Duane France talks with Charlton Clarke, a licensed professional therapist and co-clinical director at the Family Care Center. Plus the reasons why service members avoid therapy and the resource segment highlighting Project Sanctuary.
I stared through a sand-crusted windshield. It was more of a film, wiped clear along the path of the wiper blades. A dirty blonde desert haze, matching the Humvee’s paint—not that weird orange-tinged tone oddly clinging to some of our vehicles.
This week on Inside the Military Mind, your host Duane France interviews Molly Wingate, founder and executive director of Poetry Heals. Plus, information on Angels of America's fallen and more on Inside the Military Mind, presented by Family Care Center.
Tener un perro puede levantar el ánimo o ayudarlo a sentirse menos estresado. Los perros pueden ayudar a las personas a sentirse mejor al brindarles compañía. Todos los dueños de perros, incluidos los que tienen trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT) pueden tener estos beneficios.
The introduction of COVID-19 to the human population around December 2019 has resulted in a pandemic that continues to affect the entire world. While the research to date has focused on potential neurological impairment to COVID-19 patients, little attention has been placed on the effects of the fallout caused by COVID-19 on individuals who are living with brain injury. Specifically, the pandemic has resulted in job loss, social isolation, interruptions to routine, and a need to adjust previously successful compensatory strategies, all highlighting some of these unique challenges. The general population has experienced the same issues. However, individuals with brain injury were already experiencing these prior to the pandemic.