On November 16-17, 2010, Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University hosted the first Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Kingston, Ontario. This national forum was an important gathering of health professionals and researchers interested in military and Veteran health research, attracting more than 250 Canadian and international delegates.
The primary objective of the forum was to engage and invigorate support for a Canadian national research agenda that considers military and Veteran health from a life-course perspective.
To see the Forum’s agenda, go to:
The Website for the Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum is http://www.queensu.ca/conferences/mvhr/
Acupuncture is endorsed by many Western medicine practitioners as a treatment for physical pain, and now the therapy - along with other Eastern practices, including yoga, meditation and tai chi - is slowly making inroads in Western medicine as a treatment for mental pain. The military is leading the pack.
Book Review: This is a book focussing on an integrative treatment approach that's presented and developed specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. Focus is on working toward discontinuing substance abuse, letting go of dangerous relationships, and gaining control over extreme symptoms such as dissociation and self-harm. The author, Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is Director of the Trauma Research Program in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Huffington Post (blog): On September 11, 2001, our nation went to war -- first in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. Nearly nine years later the war rages on and the men, women and families in our military community continue to experience the consequences of this war. This Emotional Life is proud to support military families through a special campaign and toolkit to help families manage the emotional challenges of This Emotional Life is proud to support military families through a special campaign and toolkit to help families manage the emotional challenges of deployment.
Exposure therapy using virtual reality appears to be more effective for alleviating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than traditional treatment among members of the military who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to researchers.
CBC.ca: Shawn Hearn, who served in Bosnia as a sniper in 1994, and those involved in helping soldiers with PTSD say changes to the treatment system need to be made Shawn Hearn, like many Canadian soldiers battling post-traumatic stress disorder, is having a tough time getting proper treatment back home after serving in a war zone.
Hearn, who served in Bosnia as a sniper in 1994, and those involved in helping soldiers with PTSD say changes to the treatment system need to be made.
And there's a lot on the line. Hearn recently attempted suicide and has been fighting hard to get the treatment he needs.
Washington Examiner: America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty" fame and Wilmer Valderrama of "That 70's Show" were in town Monday night for a screening of their new flick, "The Dry Land," a film that details one soldier's scary struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Veterans Today Network opinions page reports: Frankly, it is this aspect of coping, or not coping, with PTSD that concerns us at Veterans Today the most when we note that Psychiatrists and Psychologists (meaning well or not) tend to be focusing only on (1) active duty troops admitting PTSD, and (2) what it takes to prepare and send them back into combat as opposed to when they decide, or are forced, to become VETERANS.
Seattle Times Editorial: The "invisible" injuries suffered by US soldiers of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury pose challenges as the federal government meets their needs. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli says that the Warrior Transition Units are having much success in helping soldiers get needed longer-term care.
GI Porter, had never believed PTSD was real until he was diagnosed in November. Halfway through a tour of Afghanistan, he developed a cyst that had to be removed. While resting at home he realized he had a problem.
The rise in military suicides has been a factor in the increased public attention regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the military's response to this serious mental health issue. On May 20th the Department of Defense Bloggers Roundtable had the opportunity to speak with a panel of active-duty and retired military personnel on the military’s current efforts.
PTSD is one of the toughest disabilites to prove to Veterans Affairs, we deal with veterans everyday with this terrible condition. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently issues their finding which supports a model for PTSD in which exposure to a traumatic event changes gene expression, which in turn, alters immune-system activity, leading to the disorder.
This year's Time 100 features Israel's Prof. Edna Foa, a clinical psychologist who developed a specialized therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Foa's achievement on the weekly US magazine's prestigious annual list of the year's most influential people is particularly impressive as it is usually politicians and military or cultural figures who are chosen.
Rob Brown, CTV news reports... As Canada prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan next year, veterans' advocates say they worry shell-shocked soldiers may end up without a home, like many of those who served before them.
TOPNEWS reports: According to new research from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, a vaccination which is inserted in the neck gives immediate relief of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But more research is required before this procedure is deemed safe enough for extensive use.
WBUR: Boston reported: Unwanted and abandoned dogs fill shelters nationwide, and not many will get a second chance. But, in California there's a new organization that is saving one dog at a time and, in the process, helping those who have served. One of those people is Leif Meisinger, a combat veteran who still wears a military-style buzz cut. His arms are tapestries of colored ink, including a few tattoos he got in Iraq.
He says getting Spyder was one of the best things that ever happened to him. He credits his canine companion with helping to ease his PTSD. The 40-year-old former Army gunner says he has a mild traumatic brain injury after a roadside bomb blast and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Huffington Post Editorial by a psychotherapist says: A recent Associated Press article by Sharon Cohen described posttraumatic stress as something you just have to learn to live with, because you can't recover from it. It's a terrific article, but Cohen was misled by the mental health professionals she talked to, as well as the warriors who received less than optimal treatment.
You can recover from posttraumatic stress. Certainly, you can significantly reduce - not just manage - its symptoms. But - and here's the thing - not with traditional treatment. The problem is, a lot of my colleagues don't know this yet. So they go about it in traditional ways and pronounce the condition incurable, based on the results they get.
Toronto Sun: In the wake of the Sun's recent stories on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the police ranks, it has been learned that an investigator within the office of Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin has begun a hard review of the file submitted by Bruce Kruger, the retired OPP detective-inspector whose profile launched the series.
“Our normal process starts with assessing a complaint to see if it involves something that can be quickly and informally resolved,” says ombudsman spokesman Linda Williamson. “We also look at whether the issue could be systemic, or symptomatic of a larger problem.
Stanford School of Medicine's news Emotion, reports study findings that meditation exercises could boost mental toughness in soldiers and help them better cope with the trauma of war. The study involved 48 U.S. Marines preparing for deployment in Iraq. In the months prior to the soldiers' deployment, roughly two-thirds of the group was enrolled in an eight-week mindfulness training program. The rest of the troops did not participate in meditation exercises and served as a control group.
Edmonton Journal: The roadside bombs of Afghanistan are brutal and destructive, though the injuries they cause, both in brain and body, can be subtle. Such injuries may have profound, long-term health effects, though the Canadian Forces say it is too early to tell.
By Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE: The Dog... [Blog]
Under a bill written by Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, veterans with P.T.S.D. will get service dogs as part of a pilot program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Training a psychiatric service dog and pairing it with ...
Reuters news service: Studies confirm that Gulf War veterans suffer disproportionately from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric illnesses as well as vague symptoms often classified as Gulf War Syndrome, a panel of experts reported. The Institute of Medicine panel said better studies are needed to characterize a clear pattern of distress and other symptoms among veterans of the conflicts in the Gulf region that started in 1990 and continue today.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a heavy toll on military families. There’s a high rate of divorce, depression and substance abuse among people who’ve served. Some suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Doctors often treat PTSD with medication and psychotherapy. “Good evening, welcome to session seven of the Battle Body Relaxation Yoga Sessions.” That’s Andy Hendrickson, a registered nurse at the VA. He also leads yoga classes here a few nights a week.
According to recent VA statistics, PTSD and depression are the top disability claims among America's female veterans - many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But many of them have trouble proving that they saw combat - a key to getting treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Paul Fattig, Oregon Mail Tribune.
A conference aimed at preparing professionals to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan readjust to civilian life has been scheduled for May 14 at Southern Oregon University.
Plaid’s Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd MP has seized on comments made by Armed Forces minister Bill Rammell in today’s Western Mail on the levels of support available to sufferers of post-traumatic stress.
Social support makes all the difference
Wilmington News Journal, OH.
Compeer is a volunteer-based program that provides supportive friendships for people in mental-health care. One of nearly 100 chapters in the United States, ...
A senior mental health adviser in the Canadian Forces defends the military's record in dealing with suicide in the wake of four suspected suicides among military personnel in recent weeks.
By The Oregonian
For 42 years, Terry Allen has had nightmares about his 13 months as a Marine in a helicopter assault unit in Vietnam. He came home, but his friends who didn't began to haunt him at night. In his dreams, he saw their disembodied heads
AUSTIN, Texas — Drugs known as HDAC inhibitors may prove useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted by faculty at The University of Texas at Austin's Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.
OTTAWA - Dennis Manuge, a former soldier who served in Bosnia before he was medically released from the military, gets his day in the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday to fight a federal policy of clawing back disability payments to thousands of injured veterans.
After a year in which more service members across the military committed suicide than were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, four lawmakers have formed a congressional caucus to push for improvements in military and veterans mental health services.
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - A clinical trial of a new neuroprotective drug for people with traumatic brain injuries will be offered to patients seen in UC Davis Medical Center's level-1 trauma center, through an $8 million grant funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the U.S. Department of Defense.