Suppose that a million or more members of the US Armed Forces and veterans were suffering from an epidemic that could not be prevented, treated or cured — and 20 of them were dying from it every day. Would we address it as a national emergency, mobilizing resources, coordinating research, and insisting on answers? They.. read more →

15 Sep 2017
September 15, 2017

Therapy for Veterans With PTSD

To the Editor: Re “Tackling PTSD, With Sharks and Yoga” (news article, Sept. 18): Physical exercise releases chemicals in the brain that have long been recognized by therapists as improving the mood of patients in the days between therapy sessions. Scuba diving as described seems to have added benefits. For some veterans, these exercises become.. read more →

As you already know, there’s an outright epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s no longer “the invisible epidemic;” it’s visible to the point where special courts exist for veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Its status as an outright epidemic – in these times – does raise some suspicions about the culture. Why now? Even though the.. read more →

08 Sep 2017
September 8, 2017

War and Consequences

The United States is inured to violence. The International Day of Peace was marked on September 21 fell in a week of deadly violence in the United States. It is a country that has been at war for 15 years – wars intensified by a Nobel Peace Laureate. The cost is now estimated by reliable.. read more →

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD – is commonly thought to be suffered by men in combat zones. But a conference in Washington has been told that two thirds of sufferers are women. They include victims of sex crimes and domestic violence. This is one woman’s story about how she has been affected by PTSD. She’s.. read more →

Public protests are a regular feature in many countries. People routinely take to their cities’ streets to make demands. Some protests turn violent. Physical injuries are common. But what about the less obvious, unintended emotional consequences? Professor of psychiatry Christopher P Szabo explains the trauma that protesters – and even onlookers – can experience. What.. read more →

Though improvements are there to be seen in the treatment and care of our military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, it’s not enough. An issue is both quick diagnosis and quick and proper care for all. Anything less is a violation of the covenant this nation has entered with the men and women.. read more →