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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Defense in Criminal Cases

One in eight American soldiers returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from posttraumatic stress syndrome, a debilitating mental disorder that can make everyday functioning impossible. As the syndrome has become more recognized, it is more commonly being used as a defense in criminal cases.

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Technology to Diagnose Post-Traumatic Stress

Someday soon it may be possible to diagnose post-traumatic stress syndrome with machinery. Researchers from the Draper Laboratory are developing a more precise way of diagnosing the disorder by using technology something like lie detector tests.

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Female Troops Equal to Male in Terms of Handling Combat

A new study from the Veterans Administration found that women can handle combat stress as well as men. This new research concerning veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contradicts other studies from the Veterans Administration that indicate women are much more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and other disabilities after serving in […]

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Doctors Need to Change How They Diagnose PTSS

Doctors need to come up with a new definition of trauma in order to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, according to a new study published in Psychological Bulletin. Dr. Brian Marx, a psychiatry professor affiliated with the University of Boston School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, reviewed […]

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PTSD Victims Often Desperate for Relief of Symptoms

People with post-traumatic stress syndrome would give up 13 years of their life if it meant they would no longer have their symptoms, according to a new study published in the journal Psychiatric Services.

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Kids of Moms Who Abuse Drugs More Likely to Think about Suicide

Children in mid-childhood whose mothers abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to think about harming themselves or committing suicide, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska. The research team believes the reason is that women who abuse substances exhibit more violence and less consistency when taking care of their children.

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Coalition Says Protection Measures for Domestic Violence Victims Sharply Inconsistent

Victims of domestic abuse, say policymakers and safety officials, are still not receiving the measures needed to prevent future attacks, even after years of research into the prevention of deaths related to domestic violence.

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Somatic Therapy for PTSD

Somatic therapy involves holistic and therapeutic approaches to treating patients. It is primarily used for the treatment of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An interesting aspect of somatic therapy is that it is not a single type of treatment but a complete system of techniques that include psychotherapy and body-psychotherapy. The primary theory behind […]

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Does PTSD Shorten Your Life?

Read about this study on veterans with PTSD – disturbing findings.

Army General Tells Soldiers It’s Okay to Get Help for PTSD

A lot of soldiers do not like to admit that they suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) , sometimes called “battle fatigue.” They believe that they will face a stigma, look weak, or even hurt their careers if they seek help for this common psychiatric condition that affects between 10% to 30% of veterans.

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