Mental health awareness is on the rise in fire stations across the state, but an NBC Bay Area investigation found some departments still lack critical services.
PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its report faulted branches of the Department of Defense for having policies inconsistent with official Pentagon rules for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or sexual trauma.
If clinical trials yield positive results, a handful of these drugs could become prescription medicines in the next decade. The furthest along in this process is MDMA, which is showing promise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.
Patients who have a history of sexual trauma may be more likely to respond to interpersonal psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than other common psychotherapies, according to a study.
More needs to be done to determine whether domestic violence is at the root of subsequent illnesses and injuries such as high blood pressure, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Texas lawmakers will soon consider a bill to make San Antonio a national leader in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and treatment.
A Magnolia lawmaker hopes a group study can help tackle a perceived problem with first responders’ access and use of mental health services. State Rep. Cecil Bell filed House Bill 1794, which would create the Work Group on Mental Health Access for First Responders, a proposed 14-person panel that will study different issues related to Read more
Do you have a history of trauma (i.e., abuse, neglect, psychological or emotional chaos growing up, etc)? Trauma can include a host of experiences, too many to name here. But trauma is a powerful consequence of emotional and psychological chaos.
The former Royal Engineer, who had slit his throat, was locked in a police cell because there were no mental health beds for him anywhere in the county.
Retired Army Lt. Col. John Bechtol understands how important it is for veterans on college campuses to have access to mental health services. Even beyond considerations of post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, “there’s often just this sense of loneliness, a feeling of being disconnected from their classmates.” Real more…
As we focus on legislative solutions for Veterans Affairs reform, we need to be clear-eyed about the reality of veterans’ needs as much as about the narratives we intentionally or unintentionally are crafting. Read more…
When it comes to one of the biggest health issues facing vets — that of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder — there’s a lot more to be done.
Are you taking care of someone who seems to be against you? This can be the experience of taking care of a family member with post-traumatic stress disorder—PTSD—and it can take a huge toll on everyone involved.
Scott Miller suffered PTSD after serving with the Army in Afghanistan. When his symptoms got worse and he was having thoughts of killing people in his unit, he sought treatment but ended up being disciplined for making threats.
While it is well-known that a severe natural disaster can increase the risk for certain mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds that this type of trauma can also increase the risk of dementia in the elderly.
João Florêncio, University of Exeter When it comes to the debate around the use of trigger warnings on university courses, my feelings are mixed. While I applaud students’ political investment and concerns with issues of equality and well-being, I also have my own concerns about what the roll-out of trigger warnings could do to teaching Read more
The tragic death of Sandra Bland in Texas has brought a swirl of attention to the issue of jail and mental health. Across the country, people are sitting in local and county lock-ups because they can’t afford bail or are awaiting desperately needed psychiatric services. In this episode, we talk to Diana Claitor of the Read more
What was left out of the presidential candidate’s comments to a group of veterans on Monday, and what has been left out of many of the discussions since then, is how little we understand PTSD.
Democrats on Tuesday seized on comments Donald Trump made suggesting that military members and veterans with mental health issues are not “strong” and “can’t handle it”.
It’s been a long and drawn-out breakup because that’s how it goes with C-PTSD. Once you get to know it well, you practice breaking up with it every day.
A Pulse nightclub shooting first responder who is worried about losing his job because of his PTSD may have his worries somewhat eased after a push to change Florida law.