Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Mental Health in the U.S. Military, Diane Rehm Show, NPR — 11/19/2009

    Mental health in the military: Increasing rates of suicide, depression, and substance abuse raise concerns about mental illness in the armed forces. What's being done to assess and treat mental health problems in the U.S. military.

  • Mobile Telehealth Units Evolve from Need Among Beneficiaries in Rural Areas, U.S. Medicine — 11/19/2009

    The Department of Defense is planning to increase access to mental health services for beneficiaries living in rural areas through telehealth mobile units.

  • Army Helps Wounded Warriors Get Jobs, — 11/19/2009

    Army officials say many new veterans suffering from PTSD and brain injuries struggle to find and keep a civilian job. Advocates say many employers don't know how to accommodate veterans with these "invisible wounds" and worry that they cannot do the job and might even "go postal" someday.

  • Army's record suicide rate 'horrible,' general says, The Washington Post — 11/18/2009

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli on Tuesday called the Army's record suicide rate this year "horrible" and said the problem of soldiers taking their own lives is the toughest he has faced in his 37 years in service.

  • Army Reports Possible Increase in Suicides for October, Defense Link — 11/16/2009

    The Army is investigating 16 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers in October, about twice the number reported among the same population in September, Army officials said.

  • Around the Services, Pentagon Channel — 11/16/2009

    The Army has released suicide numbers for Oct 09. Among active duty soliders, there were 16 potential cases. U.S. Centcom Commander, GEN David Petraeus defends the use of unmanned drones.

  • The Anguish of War for Today's Soldiers, Explored by Sophocles, NY Times — 11/13/2009

    Now officials at the Defense Department are turning to the Greeks to explore the psychic impact of war.

  • North Texas Family Feeling The Effects Of PTSD, CBS Broadcasting — 11/13/2009

    The disorder has become almost commonplace in our nation's military. "Folks are getting redeployed over and over and over," Suris said. "Research shows the more exposure you have to trauma; the more likely you are to get PTSD." 

  • Mental Health America Partners With Prescription Audio To Donate $5M In PTSD Treatment Products To Veterans, Active Duty, Families, Providers, Medical News Today — 11/13/2009

    One of the company's early aims was to help ease the anguish of veterans suffering from PTSD. By using proprietary sound technology, Prescription Audio's array of MP3 and CD programs provide natural mental and general health solutions that diminish anxiety and its many detrimental manifestations, while enabling anyone to quickly and easily achieve a meditative state of mind.

  • Can Telemedicine Help Wounded Warriors With Recovery?, Government Technology — 11/12/2009

    U.S. veterans with traumatic brain injuries who require medical care and constant follow-ups now have an extra resource to make their lives easier. Thanks to the U.S. Army's Mobile Care (mCare), a telehealth pilot program, veterans with traumatic brain injuries or other serious injuries can be medically monitored by using their cell phones.

  • Healing our troubled vets, LA Times — 11/11/2009

    The public is kinder to its veterans today than it was during the Vietnam War, when soldiers risked their lives overseas only to face scorn from antiwar activists when they got home. Yet veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan may be having a harder time readjusting to civilian life than previous generations of warriors.

  • Happy Veterans Day, Military Health System — 11/11/2009

    To all of our veterans: We salute you for your service and for the sacrifices you made while selflessly defending the nation.

  • Casey Pledges Progress on Mental Health Resources, Defense Link — 11/10/2009

    The Army has worked hard on developing programs to maintain the psychological health of the service, but much more needs to be done, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said yesterday.

  • Scanning invisible damage of PTSD, brain blasts, Associated Press — 11/10/2009

    Powerful scans are letting doctors watch just how the brain changes in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and concussion-like brain injuries — signature damage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

  • Program helps airmen deal with combat stress, Air Force Times — 11/09/2009

    Insomnia, nightmares, jumpiness, edginess, depression, stress, short tempers — the symptoms present in airmen returning from combat zones became all too familiar.


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