Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even... more

Panelists: PTSD Can't Be Cured, Only Managed

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There is no way to cure post-traumatic stress disorder, but those suffering from it can learn to manage it, health professionals said Tuesday night. Kevin Smythe, a supervisory psychologist in the Mental Health Service Line at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center, said managing the disorder is currently the only option. "There are a lot of ebbs ... more

PTSD Treatment Options


As a new generation of service members returns from deployment, the Department of Defense (DoD) is faced with the challenge of identifying the most effective methods of treatment to address posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prevalence estimates of PTSD symptoms based on self-report surveys among warriors in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanis... more

One Person's PTSD Can Affect a Whole Family

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Learning to Heal PTSD and Secondary Trauma June is PTSD awareness month. While continued attention on PTSD is vital for our service members and veterans, I hope to also create awareness about how PTSD affects the entire family. Family members of people with PTSD can suffer from secondary stress and experience some of the same debilitating effe... more

PTSD Review Patients Struggle to Amend Records

Aaron Ostrum and his wife thought they got a blessing early last year when the Army reconsidered the former soldier's mental health records and changed his diagnosis to post-traumatic stress disorder. The couple believed the adjusted diagnosis more accurately reflected the psychological toll of his experiences inspecting mass graves in Bosnia a... more

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