Whoa! A very busy news week covering some major topics, including how sedatives can slow the recovery process, new research on how the brain processes fear, 9/11 workers issues, new tools to assist military families and teens, and some coverage for how vets speaking out about PTSD helps to lessen the stigma. Military or not, are you helping to stomp the PTSD treatment stigma?
New Research on Brain & Fear May Help PTSD victims - ”Our main contribution is that our model predicts that fear memory is only partially erased by extinction, and inhibition is necessary for a complete extinction, which is a reconciliation of the erasure and inhibition theories.”
Two Programs Help People Cope with Trauma - Two healers who are also registered nurses created this program in Lafayette. They are hoping to include and expand the use of body-based approaches, combining energy medicine with allopathic medicine to treat body, mind and spirit and help re-regulate the nervous system.
NAMI Strives to Remove Stigma From Mental Illness - “We’re offering an eclectic mix of educational and entertaining events that will hopefully attract a large and diverse group of people,” NAMI Executive Director Wendy Stewart said. “Through these different events, we hope to educate people about mental illness so that it’s no longer a dirty word.
After A Death, An Extreme form of Grieving - A crucial phase of the treatment, borrowed from the cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat victims of post-traumatic stress disorder, requires the patient to recall the death in detail while the therapist records the session.
Pets are Good for Physical and Emotional Health - I have examples of dogs being used for their therapeutic qualities everywhere from classrooms, hospitals and inpatient psychiatric facilities to new places such as in Seattle, where two therapy dogs are being used in courtrooms to help children victims feel more comfortable when testifying and in drug court as a way to keep participants connected.
1,000s of 9/11 Workers Can Now Sue Over Illnesses - Thousands of sickened 9/11 recovery workers whose legal claims have been barred because of missed deadlines can now join a massive group suing New York City under a law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson, officials said.
Toll of Sexual Assualt on Young Victims - A veteran mental health counselor told participants on Tuesday that national statistics indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they reach adulthood.
IREST Yoga and PTSD Coping - Unlike passive forms of meditation, iRest is “proactive in its approach, providing people with tools they can use in their regular life,” Miller says.
John Mayer Supports Our Vets - “I will do everything I can in my power to change and reframe the attitude of what it means to be a returning vet,” he told the local ABC news outlet.
New Tools To Assist Military Families & Teens - The Partnership for a Drug-Free America(R), together with the National Military Family Association and the National Association of School Nurses, today announced the launch of new online tools to assist military families and teens through difficult periods of transition, such as a deployment, major injury or illness of a parent, or when moving frequently to new neighborhoods and schools. The free tools are available at the Partnership Web site TimeToTalk.org/Military.
Healing on the water for vet with PTSD - On the water, “you are not in your head. Stress is somewhere else, because you are right there in the moment. You can’t be thinking about your problems,” said Linda Tribble, who helped create the program that brought Williams and others to the water.
Virtual Iraq Helps Heal PTSD - Saletsky said she has found similar virtual reality programs to be successful because they open up options to a population that might not respond well to traditional exposure-method treatments that rely on the patient’s imagination.
Despite Symptoms of PTSD, Soldier Sees Calling in Army - Medlin, 23, didn’t want to be seen as weak. He had a lot of company. More than half of male soldiers in Iraq who met screening criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder were concerned they “would be seen as weak” if they sought psychological help, according to a report by the Army Surgeon General last year. Forty percent believed that their leaders would blame them for the problem. But before long, Medlin, now at Fort Stewart, Ga., began looking forward to his sessions.
21.8% Returning Vets Diagnosed with PTSD - ”What’s really striking is the dramatic acceleration in mental health diagnoses, particularly PTSD, after the beginning of the conflict in Iraq,” said lead author Dr. Karen Seal, in a press release.
Vets Speaking Out Will Lessen Treatment Stigma - McGuire said she hopes that eventually Soldier culture will change to allow Soldiers to seek out the help they need, and for Soldiers to develop and emphasize mental fitness within the Army in the same way they develop physical fitness.
Fort Carson: 8 Soldier Suicides in 2009 - Dr. Thomas Joiner, a Florida State University professor and author of “Why People Die By Suicide” was a guest speaker. “We can do something about this,” said Dr. Joiner.