Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Mental Illness Awareness Week Begins Today: Learn the Signs of Depression, EmaxHealth — 10/05/2009

    NAMI states that about 60 million Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Of those, 1 in 17 lives with the most serious mental illness conditions. It is estimated that less than one-third get treatment.

  • More colleges develop classes on how to treat war veterans, USA Today — 10/05/2009
    Universities are creating classes to train students in how to treat combat veterans and their families suffering from war-related mental health problems.
  • Soldiers telling PTSD stories will decrease treatment stigma, Army News Service — 10/01/2009

    It will take Soldiers telling about their successful treatment of post traumatic stress disorder to begin breaking down the stigma that prevents other troops from seeking care, said Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire.

  • Military Mental Health A Focus Of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Medical News Today — 09/30/2009

    In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 4 - 10, the American Psychiatric Association is holding its annual symposium on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, September 30, with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise public awareness of and reduce the stigma of mental illnesses.

  • Army promotes awareness of depression, Army.com — 09/30/2009

    With a theme of "One of the bravest acts ... is to ask for help when you need it," the Army is using National Depression Education and Awareness Month activities in October to combat a stigma associated with behavioral-health care and teach Soldiers and their Families how to recognize depression and get help for it.

  • Despite symptoms of PTSD, soldier sees his calling in Army , Stars and Stripes — 09/29/2009

    As of December, an estimated 25 percent to 40 percent of the more than 1.6 million troops who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan were suffering from psychological and neurological injuries associated with PTSD or TBI, according to a report released in March by the National Council on Disability.

  • U.S. seeing more female homeless veterans, CNN — 09/28/2009

    With the U.S. Army now at 15 percent female, and more women providing supporting roles in combat zones, female vets are becoming homeless at a faster rate than men, said Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Pete Dougherty.

  • Joint Chiefs chairman seeks brain-injury limit, USA Today — 09/28/2009

    U.S. servicemembers who suffer up to three mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions during a deployment — typically from roadside bombs — could be pulled out of combat for the duration of their tour, according to a policy being pushed by Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • The Sacrifices Military Kids Make , KPBS — 09/24/2009

    Research shows military families move on average about every three years. These kids usually attend up to nine different schools in their lifetime. Some students handle the constant change better than others. Counselors say military children can go through intense periods of emotional and social adjustments after every move. It can get even worse once a parent is deployed to warzone.

  • VA IG says suicide prevention programs implemented, Associated Press — 09/23/2009

    The agency's inspector took a look at 24 facilities and found they generally met new requirements like appointing suicide prevention coordinators to track high-risk veterans, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Virtual healing, Monitor on Psychology — 09/22/2009

    Some research has shown, for example, that young war veterans with PTSD are more amenable to a "techie" treatment approach than to traditional therapeutic approaches. Also, virtual reality techniques can sometimes be more practical than live treatments for helping patients overcome fear of flying or fear of heights, for example.

  • Madigan treating PTSD in innovative way, The Northwest Navigator — 09/22/2009

    The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a component Center of the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, is using a new alternative to help service members deal with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) for individuals returning from a combat zone, in collaboration with Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, Wash.

  • Air Force study uses virtual reality for PTSD , US Air Force — 09/21/2009

    A new virtual reality program to treat combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing post traumatic stress disorder is being used at Wilford Hall Medical Center here.

  • Long tours put new vets at greater risk, Clinical Psychiatry News — 09/18/2009

    The incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder is likely to be significantly higher in the current population of veterans because of long and repeated tours of duty, said Dr. John A. Renner Jr., associate chief of psychiatry at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

  • Community effort needed to heal war wounds , Stars and Stripes — 09/18/2009

    The profound strain of eight years of war on the volunteer force permeated a day-long conference of military leaders, policymakers, health experts and family advocates as they shared ideas to address "unseen injuries" of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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