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PTSD in the News: Monthly Roundup

Posted May 01 2010 12:00am

april_showers_pic2 April showers may bring May flowers, but they also brought a lot of PTSD news! This month includes a PTSD film review, the PTSD plight of a CNN reporter, drug therapy, police and camp.

Don’t forget to register for information on our FREE, live, monthly Self-Empowered Healing Teleseminar . On the second Tuesday of every month @ 9pm EST/8pm CST/6pm PST I’ll host a 45-minute call designed around some aspect of self-empowered healing. In addition to a presentation and discussion about the topic there will also be time for a general PTSD question and answer period. Join us to connect with other survivors and collaborate on strengthening your healing journey! The next call will be on Tuesday, May 11th. Our topic: Building Your Support Network.

We also have our monthly radio show on Thursday, May 20th at 8:00pm when I host Julie Hoffenberg and Sarah Woodward from The Raw healing Patch as they talk about optimizig healing through healthy eating. 

General PTSD Topics

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month:   According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, approximately every two minutes an individual is sexually assaulted in the United States. Sexual assault defines a number of unwanted sexual acts including forced sexual intercourse or sodomy, incest, fondling, attempted rape and child molestation.  

Funny Business at BC Human Rights Hearing:   Two lawyers, a lesbian, a gay-positive Iraqi-born Christian restaurateur and a bunch of comedians walk into a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing. The punch line? There isn’t one.

Neuroscientists Find That Men and Women Respond Differently to Stress : Functional magnetic resonance imaging of men and women under stress showed neuroscientists how their brains differed in response to stressful situations.

Police Struggle to Prove Illness is Work Related : Frontline emergency staff should not have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to access workplace insurance benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo says.

Once Branded a Coward, He Fights for PTSD Victims : They call him the angry guy now. Even his friends. And at this moment, on a snowy evening when he should be home, putting his son to bed, Andrew Pogany is, in fact, ticked off.

Film Review: Prisoner of Her Past: Prisoner of Her Past, a searing hour-long documentary inspired by ”The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich” by Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich, is one of the most emotionally wrenching yet rewarding films I have recently seen.

PTSD on the Rise Among Minorities : Anyone who has ever had a same-gender sex partner is one-and-a-half to two times more likely to experience violent events, especially in childhood, than the general population and has double the risk of experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a consequence.

Can the Peace Drug Help Clean Up the War Mess :  At a conference last weekend, researchers reported positive results on the effectiveness of MDMA in relieving PTSD and talked about psilocybin in reducing stress in late-stage cancer patients.

Lawyer Who Pursued Archdiocese Speaks of his Past :  The lawyer whose pursuit of the Archdiocese of Boston helped lead to an $85 million settlement and Cardinal Bernard Law’s resignation now says he was abused as a youngster.

New Research: PTSD Rates Higher in Gays, Bisexuals : Stress brings clients to massage therapy. New research shows gay and bisexual massage clients’ bodies could harbor greater stress than their straight counterparts’.

Combat PTSD Topics

For the Battle-scarred, Comfort at Leash’s End :  Just weeks after Chris Goehner, 25, an Iraq war veteran, got a dog, he was able to cut in half the dose of anxiety and sleep medications he took for post-traumatic stress disorder. 

For Female Vets, Camp is a Place to Heal :  It was a sunny but cool day at the Sun Valley Inn outdoor pool on Tuesday, March 23, and several women and their significant others were enjoying the warm environs of the heated pool.

Grieving Mother Calls on Congressmen to Help Veterans with PTSD:   Dorothy Sills lost her son Johnny last year and she believes his death was a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

Grant Fund Efforts to Prevent Stress Disorder:   A USC School of Social Work professor will use a $1.8 million federal grant to help prevent long-term mental-health disturbances, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), from developing among the children in military families.

Why the IOM Has Found So Much PTSD in Gulf War Vets :  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently concluded that there is sufficient evidence of a causal relationship for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Persian Gulf War (PGW) veterans that would in turn explain their other physical ailments.  

Soldiers Project Helps Veterans Deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder : Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families can get free counseling from one of eight Ventura County therapists through a nonprofit foundation called the Soldiers Project.

Healing the Vets with Arts: When Jesse Albrecht returned to Iowa City in 2004 as a combat veteran after a year in Mosul, Iraq, his scars of war were far from healed.

Two Army Families Deal with PTSD and Suicide : In addition to the insurgents who fight from the hillsides before vanishing into caves in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has fought an equally elusive and silent enemy here at home: suicide.

CNN Reporter Quits After Network Denies Him Time Off to Deal With Post Traumatic Stress From Gulf War : Big loss for CNN: Foreign correspondent Michael Ware, famous for his coverage of the Iraq war, has left the network.

Photo acknowledgement: Primum Agency

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