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Lots of interesting news this week, including new approaches to treating PTSD, how 2 survivors found love after trauma, a forthcoming book about combat PTSD and a combat PTSD related documentary. Happy reading!
Scientists Identify New Approaches to Treating PTSD- “What we found were that genes that are known to be involved in excitation and inhibition changed their expression three weeks after stress,” says Ponomarev. “The overall result is an amygdala that’s unable to normally respond to stressors.”
Nightmares In PTSD: Don’t Get Your Blood Pressure Up- Nightmares are one of the most debilitating consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affecting 70 to 87 percent of patients suffering from the psychological trauma. Fortunately, a surprising new treatment uses an old medicine to stop them.
Doctors struggle with new wave of injured inHaiti - Nearly a month after an earthquake devastated Haiti, medical teams still treat trauma patients but also face a new wave of ailments linked to poor hygiene and squalid, cramped living conditions
‘I was a stranger to my closest friends ‘ - “For a PTSD sufferer there’s no blueprint for treatment,” he said. “Everyone’s different. What’s important is for the sufferer to find a way to make himself better.
Coping with mental health problems following disaster, emergency situations- Although most people are resilient and recover relatively quickly, especially with support from their family, friends and community, a minority of people exposed to disasters develop longer term problems and can have persistent anxiety and other symptoms or develop mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression.
Mark Kerrigan: Self Medicating His PTSD With Alcohol?- Using drugs and/or alcohol to cope with PTSD is extremely common. It looks 45-year-old Mark Kerrigan, brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, who also had her brush with aggressive and unruly behavior, may be doing just that.
First Black Woman POW ‘Still Standing’- Shoshana Johnson was one of seven American POWs rescued alive 22 days after the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed in An Nasiriyah, Iraq, in March of 2003.
Afghanistanveterans on disability now 6000- More than 6,000 Canadian Forces members and discharged veterans who are receiving physical or psychiatric disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada have either served in Afghanistan or have a disability that has been related to their service in Afghanistan, the department says.
‘Disgraced Soldier’ Fights Trauma With Documentary – A new documentary, Diary of a Disgraced Soldier, follows the dismissal from the British army of an Iraq war veteran and his battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to his videographing the brutalizing of Iraqi youth by fellow servicemen.