Scientists seek the holy grail for PTSD research: targets in the brain that could respond to drugs.
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“Veteran suicide is a serious and rising national public health challenge. PTSD, mental-health injuries and suicide must be addressed aggressively, comprehensively and responsibly. Every national leader has a responsibility to use accurate and appropriate language when talking about mental health and suicide especially. The wrong messages on PTSD and suicide can perpetuate stigma and complicate an already complicated problem,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder of The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, on Oct. 3.
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Roberto Pickering doesn’t know why marijuana changed his life, and researchers can only guess, because the plant has never been studied as a treatment for veterans’ PTSD. Despite state ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for medical and nonmedical use in recent years, earlier this month it again received the highest drug classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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A local veterans advocacy group celebrated a big victory over the weekend: The recent announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs that it will encourage the use of a therapy called EMDR for veterans suffering from trauma.
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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects more than 7 million adults every year. Many of those affected are military service personnel who just returned from combat.
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http://www.bridgetcantrell.com/ About Bridget C. Cantrell Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. provides mental health services to the general public as well as combat veterans, active duty, reservists, retired military and their families. She also works with law enforcement and first responders. In addition, she conducts specific assessments for those who are seeking assistance with Social Security, accident claims, and Veteran issues. She is an expert witness in cases involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that has resulted from the military deployment, personal assaults, motor vehicle accidents, job related injuries, etc. Her practice, Cantrell Counseling, Inc., opened in Bellingham in 2001, and Hearts Toward Home International (501 c 3) has been in existence since 2004. HEARTS TOWARD HOME Hearts Toward Home International is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery and integration of trauma survivors. Dr. Cantrell provides workshops for military service members, focusing on recovery and readjustment after deployment to the war zone. She has traveled extensively to military bases around the country and internationally to work directly with our service members, their families and their leaders. She also works with those affected by military sexual trauma and harassment.
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While sleep disturbance has long been considered a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, recent studies show it may also contribute to the condition. Brain State Technologies presented data this week suggesting a wearable device for sleep optimization could decrease the risk of PTSD.
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A service member was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but instead was found to have brain damage caused by a malaria drug.
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Caregivers of military veterans can often feel overwhelmed. Self-care is important, and support services are available through organizations like Operation Family Caregiver, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Caring for Military Families, the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, and the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network. On July 29, 2016, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving hosted a summit on military caregiving.
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