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Blast-Related Brain Injuries Detected In United States Military

An advanced imaging technique has revealed that some U.S. military personnel with mild blast-related traumatic brain injuries have abnormalities in the brain that have not been seen with other types of imaging. The abnormalities were found in the brain’s white matter, the wiring system that nerve cells in the brain use to communicate with each […]

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Virtual Reality Provides Returning Soldiers ‘Psychotherapy By Computer’ To Treat PTSD

For those soldiers worried about the stigma associated with seeing a therapist, virtual reality applications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be the alternative to the traditional “talk therapy.” A new paper by Albert Rizzo from the University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, and his team, reviews how […]

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Post-Deployment PTSD Symptoms More Common In Military Personnel With Pre-Deployment Mental Health Disorders Or Service-Related Physical Injuries

Military service members who screened positive for mental health disorders before deployment, or who were injured during deployment, were more likely to develop post-deployment posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms than their colleagues without these risk factors, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Virtual Reality Therapy That Includes Smells To Help Veterans Recover From PTSD

Virtual reality explosions, anti-American insults, and smells of smoke and foreign spices will be part of a new therapy program to help servicemen and women recover from their wartime experiences. Sounds such as explosions and gunfire have long been part of therapy programs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But smells have rarely been included even […]

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Army STARRS Preliminary Data Reveal Some Potential Predictive Factors For Suicide

Early examination of data from the U.S. Army’s Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database (TAIHOD) has revealed potential predictors of risk for suicide among soldiers. Preliminary results were provided by researchers leading the ongoing Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Army STARRS, a partnership between NIMH and the U.S. Army, is […]

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Researcher Identifies Specific Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms That Impact Quality Of Life

In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), not all symptoms are created equal. In an effort to better treat PTSD, a study published March 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services is the first to examine which problems associated with PTSD actually correspond to lower quality of life. PTSD is more costly than any other […]

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Improved Behavioral Health Needed For Rise In U.S. Military Suicides

U.S. military officials should improve efforts to identify those at-risk and improve both the quality and access to behavioral health treatment in response to a sharp rise in suicide among members of nation’s armed forces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Check the end of this report for a download link to the original […]

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