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PTSD in the News: Monthly Roundup

Posted May 11 2010 12:00am

We’re doing things a little differently this month, all with you the reader in mind! We will post daily newsworthy items and then at the end of the month choose our top 10 for the month of May! Check back everyday to see PTSD in the News! news

PTSD Diagnosis a Moving Target :  Criteria for diagnosing the disorder has changed repeatedly. How is post-traumatic stress disorder defined today, and why has it been a moving target? When the American Psychiatric Association published its first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1952, what we now know as PTSD was called “stress response syndrome.” It wasn’t until 1980 that the organization officially added the term PTSD to the psychiatric lexicon.’

Genetic Changes Show Up in People with PTSD :  People with post-traumatic stress disorder seem to accumulate an array of genetic changes different from those found in healthy people, researchers report online May 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

PTSD diagnosis could appear on Georgia driver’s licenses : Current and former servicemembers living in Georgia could soon add a new piece of information to their driver’s license: a PTSD diagnosis.

Traumatized Survivors Need More Than Hugs : If the Yushu earthquake victims are somehow luckier than those who lost their home two years ago during Wenchuan earthquake, it may be because of their faith.

MILITARY NEWS

Suicide Prevention Bill a Tribute to Local Veteran : After two combat tours in Iraq, Coleman Bean of East Brunswick sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder Sgt. Coleman Bean PTSD), but he did not receive the support that is in place for many returning veterans.

IG: VA Lags on Meeting Own Care Standards: Veterans Affairs Department hospitals and clinics are moving slowly to implement standardized policies for treatment of mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders, according to a new report by VA’s inspector general.

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