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    Veterans Mental Health Care Emphasizes Recovery and Return to Full and Meaningful Lives

    Veterans Mental Health Care Emphasizes Recovery and Return to Full and Meaningful Lives Six Questions for VA’s Chief Consultant of Mental Health Services      Veterans Day on Nov. 11 offered an opportunity to illuminate how the science of psychology is helping service members adjust to life at home after the trauma of war. Psychologist and APA member Antonette M. Zeiss, PhD, is chief consultant, Office of Mental Health Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Zeiss is responsible for policy and program guidance development for all VA mental health services. That includes a special focus on the VA Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook, which describes the continuum of mental…

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    Study offers insight for returning troops and their relationships

    Study offers insight for returning troops and their relationships Troops overseas often want nothing more than to get back home to loved ones — but the reunion period often can be more emotionally taxing than the deployment. Returning service members are at a greater risk of both depressive symptoms and relationship distress, and research shows the two often go together, says University of Illinois researcher Leanne Knobloch (pronounced kuh-NO-block). That’s not a good thing, since someone suffering from depressive symptoms “really needs the support of their romantic partner.”

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    Suicide Among Veterans All Too Common, Study Finds

    Those who attempt suicide have overall higher risk of death from all causes, researchers say Military veterans who attempt suicide are not only at high risk of another suicide attempt, but have an overall heightened risk of death from all causes, new research shows.

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    ‘The Demons of War are Persistent’: My name is Schade: I am a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD

    ‘The Demons of War are Persistent’ My name is Schade: I am a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD By A.W. Schade [2011]   Some manage the Demons onslaught successful  Others ignore the stealth domination of their soul Many consider themselves cowards, should they acknowledge the Demons existence Countless live in denial and loneliness; protecting a warriors pride Millions survive in destitution, or find solitude through social disconnection Sadly. many interweave within these emotional conflicts throughout their lifetime, attempting to fight the Demons’ alone As the most vulnerable, too often, choose to ‘end’ their lives, tormented by guilt, and forever alone 

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    Just Say Om: Meditation May Alleviate PTSD Symptoms

      Transcendental meditation (TM) may help alleviate symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. In a small pilot study of male veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, those who practiced TM showed a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms, significant increases in quality-of-life measures, and improvements in communication and sleep after 8 weeks.

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    Military Personnel With Mental Woes Before Deployment at Higher PTSD Risk

    Military Personnel With Mental Woes Before Deployment at Higher PTSD Risk About 3 percent had PTSD, depression or another anxiety syndrome before going overseas, study says By Amanda Gardner  TUESDAY, May 3   — Military personnel who have a psychiatric disorder prior to deployment or who’ve been injured during combat are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after they return home.

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    At War With Mental Illness: Caring For Troops and Veterans

    Since September 11th, 2001, roughly 2.2 million American service members have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. As a result, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) has seen 167,000 new cases of related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 195,000 cases of depressive conditions and affective psychoses, and 103,000 cases of anxiety disorders. Worse still, the suicide rate in the Army and Marine Corps has, for the first time on record, reached that of the civilian population. With 2 ongoing wars and a growing pool of returning veterans, effective psychiatric care for our active and former military personnel is crucial. Yet with the exception of military and VA psychiatrists, few clinicians receive training on the…

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    PTSD Treatment Access to Get Easier for Veterans

    New Regulations Make PTSD Treatment Available to Any Vet Who Can Prove He or She Served in a War Zone  (CBS)   America’s veterans deserve the very best medical care. Some come home with their battle scars on the inside suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Monday the government held a press conference to announce changes to make it easier for these veterans to get the help and benefits they deserve.

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    Purple Hearts Elusive For Traumatic Brain Injuries

    The U.S. Army honors soldiers wounded or killed in combat with the Purple Heart, a powerful symbol designed to recognize their sacrifice and service. Yet Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal, an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found.

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    New court will help soldiers suffering emotional toll of service

    New court will help soldiers suffering emotional toll of service   Soldiers who leave for combat duty as law-abiding citizens sometimes don’t return the same people – a fact officials in the legal system have begun to recognize. Mirroring efforts across the country, Los Angeles County is launching a pilot program today that establishes a special court for veterans who have committed nonviolent felonies as a result of the emotional toll of their military service.