Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

4:32pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Politics

Bennet Bill Would Study Other Than Honorable Discharges

Colorado Springs Gazette

Last spring, the Colorado Springs Gazette investigated the connection between war wounds, military misconduct and other-than-honorable or bad conduct discharges. Now Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet wants to officially study the topic.

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1:42am

Mon July 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:17 am

Anne Jones, 62, and Robin Jones, 73, at their home in Menlo Park, Calif. He took a test that revealed proteins typical of Alzheimer's disease.
Ramin Rahimian for NPR

If you're having chest pain, your doctor can test you for a heart attack. If you're having hip pain, your doctor could test for osteoarthritis.

But what if you're depressed? Or anxious? Currently there are no physical tests for most disorders that affect the mind. Lab tests like these could transform the field of mental illness. So far efforts to come up with biomarkers for common mental health disorders have proved largely fruitless.

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11:39am

Thu June 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

PTSD Plagues 1 In 4 Survivors Of Stroke

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 5:57 pm

Insomnia, feeling isolated, and bursts of anger are symptoms of the anxiety disorder known as PTSD.
iStockphoto.com

A person having a stroke may not be in a war zone, but his or her life is in danger all the same. That's enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in some stroke survivors, researchers say, with symptoms like panic attacks, nightmares and flashes of anger.

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10:13am

Thu June 20, 2013
National Security

At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Soldiers approach armored vehicles after a training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, in January.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

1:46pm

Wed June 19, 2013
Around the Nation

After A Marine's Suicide, A Family Recalls Missed Red Flags

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:18 pm

Anna holds the flag that was draped over Nick's coffin at his memorial service. She and her husband, Michael, have created a shrine to Nick in their dining room.
Courtesy of Long Haul Productions

Last year, more U.S. service members took their own lives than died in combat. And despite the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, the pullout in Iraq, and hundreds of new programs designed to help troubled servicemen and women, the number of suicides continues to rise.

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