For our final Invisible Illness Awareness highlight post we have a special guest: Victoria Beckner, co-author of Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will be giving us a dose of her insight and PTSD healing wisdom.
In the media spotlight this week, lots of yoga/PTSD news, plus: the ADD/PTSD link, the Red Sox/Mass General fight against Combat PTSD, and how golf gets vets back in the game.
Topics for Everyone
ADD & PTSD Link in New BU Study - Returning soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder can remain stuck in a “constant combat” mentality even a year after being inactive from duty. This mentality comes from the disorder’s negative effects on a soldier’s attention.
More Yoga Classes Geared Toward Specific Groups (scroll down) - Yoga is especially helpful for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because it helps calm their anxiety, Punko said, and is now being done on some military bases in Iraq.
New campaign promotes need for Foster Parents - Large campaign posters showing a close-up image of a boy in foster care were also on display. The text on one poster read: “I have twice the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than vets of the first Gulf War.”
Topics for Combat PTSD
Boston Red Sox & Mass General Fight PTSD - The Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital will announce today the launch of a $6 million program to treat the rising number of men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries and to encourage reluctant veterans to seek services.
A Place To Heal - He bought 32 acres of land at $2,900 per acre five miles east of Washington, Ia., and in a revelatory, nearly tragic moment one day decided to forsake a comfortable military retirement, hunting and fishing on this new playground, and dedicate it to his wounded fellow veterans to use for free.
Army Ups Combat Stress Coping Training - Basic training for U.S. Army soldiers is being changed to include a much greater emphasis on mental health and resiliency under combat stress, officials say.
Golf Helps Vets Get Back in Game - With its laid-back nature but high level of mental and physical concentration, golf has become a popular rehab method for wounded veterans, specifically in the downcounty area with its proximity to Walter Reed.