His PTSD, and My Struggle to Live With It

After my partner was brutally beaten on the street, I became one of the many thousands of Americans caring for someone with post-traumatic stress disorder — and our relationship changed forever.

#albany-ny, #anger-emotion, #fear-emotion, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Shared Suffering

Ukrainians are trying to confront the war’s psychological wounds even as the battles wear on.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Civil Rights Veterans Should Get Veterans Administration Benefits

Those who fought for America’s democracy should be treated as the war heroes they are.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #david-dennis-sr, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #the-movement-made-us-a-father-a-son-and-the-legacy-of-a-freedom-ride-book, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

#clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ecstasy-drug, #iraq-war-2003-11, #johns-hopkins-university, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mithoefer-michael, #multidisciplinary-assn-for-psychedelic-studies, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #vietnam-war, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What Gun Violence Does to Our Mental Health

Mass shootings and other types of trauma can have ripple effects not only for survivors but also for those who follow the news of the events.

#anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #firearms, #mass-shootings, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks

‘I Want to Reset My Brain’: Female Veterans Turn to Psychedelic Therapy

Traumatized by war and sexual assaults, some U.S. veterans and veterans’ spouses are seeking help in a Mexican clinic that treats depression and addiction with potent hallucinogens like toad poison.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #dr-martin-polanco, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mexico, #nemeroff-charles-b, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Psilocybin Helps Alleviate Depression Symptoms, Small Study Says

The chemical derived from psychedelic mushrooms helped alleviate symptoms of depression and generated detectable neural responses that lasted weeks.

#brain, #depression-mental, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ecstasy-drug, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nature-medicine-journal, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #research, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Why Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Gets Overlooked

Experts say millions of people are affected by trauma, which has become a buzzword and a meme. So why aren’t more of them being treated?

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

A General Fights to Illuminate Mental Health Issues in the Military

The military has struggled to meet the mental health needs of troops, lawmakers and service members say.

#content-type-personal-profile, #defense-department, #depression-mental, #litynski-ernest, #litynskiernest, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #reserves-military, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Police Officer’s Suicide After Jan. 6 Riot Is Ruled a Line-of-Duty Death

“If he did not go to work that day, he would be here,” said the widow of Officer Jeffrey Smith of the Metropolitan Police.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

An Emergency Dispatcher, Saving Lives, One Call at a Time

During her first few months working as an emergency dispatcher, Elyce Rivera coached a woman giving birth while stuck in traffic.

#anxiety-and-stress, #emergency-telephone-numbers, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nine-one-one-911-emergency-phone-number, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #women-and-girls

The Hidden Epidemic of Brain Injuries From Domestic Violence

Research shows that survivors of abuse can sustain head trauma more often than football players. But they are almost never diagnosed.

#brain, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #concussions, #domestic-violence, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sports-injuries, #traumatic-brain-injury

With Nightmares and Tears, a Kentucky Town Feels the Long Reach of a Tornado’s Trauma

The physical toll on Mayfield, Ky., is evident. The psychological anguish will be equally difficult to overcome.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #mayfield-ky, #mayfield-consumer-products, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #tornadoes

How Families Can Navigate the I.C.U.

A new book offers guidance on how family members can support a critically ill loved one who ends up in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

#death-and-dying, #families-and-family-life, #hospitals, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder

The Bill for My Homelessness Was $54,000

Debt is a hidden burden for Americans experiencing homelessness.

#credit-and-debt, #homeless-persons, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #united-states

How Can You Learn to Be More Resilient?

Pandemic life doesn’t have to be just about survival. You can become stronger and ready for the next challenge.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #depression-mental, #emotions, #optimism, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists

The Military’s Broken Culture Around Sexual Violence and Suicide

The Pentagon isn’t doing what is necessary to protect and care for service members facing trauma. 

#depression-mental, #goodwin-carri-leigh-1989-2009, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42

His letter to two senators about beatings by U.S. troops in Iraq led to legislation in 2005 prohibiting extreme mistreatment of military prisoners.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #deaths-obituaries, #detainees, #fishback-ian, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mccain-john, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #warner-john-w

Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

Lawmakers find it hard to “just say no” to combat veterans seeking support for drug decriminalization efforts gaining traction around the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #anxiety-and-stress, #audio-neutral-informative, #food-and-drug-administration, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare

How to Help Relieve Dry Eyes

That gritty, itchy feeling in your eyes can arise from many causes, including too much screen time, and eye drops may only make it worse.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cataracts, #chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease, #content-type-service, #estrogen, #eyeglasses, #eyes-and-eyesight, #hormones, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #protective-clothing-and-gear

Veterans Struggle With Issues That Are Often Invisible to Others

Those who served in the wars that began after Sept. 11, 2001, are struggling with health problems, trauma and feelings of displacement and alienation.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #september-11-2001, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

A Black Veteran’s Wife Feared for His Safety. Officers Fatally Shot Him.

Gulia Dale’s wife was concerned for his safety when she called 911, in part because he had a gun. Minutes later, he was dead.

#black-people, #dale-gulia-iii-d-2021, #mental-health-and-disorders, #newton-nj, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans

Months After Riot, Capitol Police Face Multiple Crises

The department that protects Congress is damaged and depleted following the Jan. 6 assault, with funding, staffing and operational problems plaguing a deeply demoralized force.

#babbitt-ashli-e-1985-2021, #blassingame-james, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #evans-william-f-us-capitol-police-officer, #liebengood-howard-d-2021, #pittman-yogananda-d, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #ryan-timothy-j-1973, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Helping Runners With Long Covid Get Back on Their Feet

At many of the Covid-19 recovery clinics that have sprung up around the country, patients’ goals include their athletic ambitions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #heart, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #running, #veterans, #wearable-computing

Stress and Burnout Still Plague Front-Line Health Care Workers as Pandemic Eases

Doctors and nurses are reeling from new Covid cases, staff burnout and the prolonged stress of dealing with the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #hospitals, #independence-day-us-july-4, #nursing-and-nurses, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #summer-season, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

A Rogue Climber Running From the Law Was Fleeing His Own Trauma

A former paratrooper became an “urban explorer,” scaling the tops of bridges and buildings to help ease his PTSD. He now faces criminal charges in several states.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #buildings-structures, #content-type-personal-profile, #depression-mental, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #trespassing, #veterans, #wright-isaac-b-1995

Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

An experimental treatment seems poised to address a dire mental health crisis.

#anxiety-and-stress, #mental-health-and-disorders, #phobias, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #virtual-reality-computers

Youngest U.K. Lawmaker Takes a Break, Citing PTSD

Nadia Whittome said that it was important to be honest about her mental health struggles in the hope that it would normalize talking about the issue.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #labour-party-great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nottingham-england, #politics-and-government, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #whittome-nadia

Pandemic Status: Almost ‘Normal,’ but Not OK

The  invisible scars of critical illness will be with us for some time. 

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder

How MDMA and Psilocybin Became Hot Investments

Psilocybin and MDMA are poised to be the hottest new therapeutics since Prozac. Universities want in, and so does Wall Street. But some researchers are wary about this going too far.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #ecstasy-drug, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #research, #start-ups, #venture-capital

Many Families Torn Apart at the Southern Border Face a Long and Uncertain Wait

Some parents are opting to try, once again, the dangerous trek north to rejoin the children who were kept in the U.S. by the Trump administration.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #guatemala, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists

MDMA Reaches Next Step Toward Approval for Treatment

A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

#clinical-trials, #depression-mental, #doblin-richard-1953, #ecstasy-drug, #food-and-drug-administration, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shulgin-alexander-1925-2014, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #veterans

Gearing Up for the ‘New Normal’

In “The New Normal,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton explores the mental health repercussions of the pandemic and ways to rebuild our overall health.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #meditation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #weight

Music Therapy: Why Doctors Use it to Help Patients Cope

Music therapy is increasingly used to help patients cope with stress and promote healing.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cancer, #content-type-service, #harps, #hospitals, #music, #musical-instruments, #phobias, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #surgery-and-surgeons

I Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

The harrowing injustice I suffered as a boy should never happen to another child in this country.

#browder-kalief-1993-2015, #children-and-childhood, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #equal-justice-initiative, #florida, #juvenile-delinquency, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #prisons-and-prisoners, #solitary-confinement, #state-legislatures, #stevenson-bryan-a-1959, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Busy Inside,’ a New Documentary, Explores Dissociative Identity Disorder

The condition, formerly called multiple personality disorder, affects a surprising 1 percent of the population.

#brody-jane-e, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #documentary-films-and-programs, #memory, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spiegel-david-1945, #sybil-book, #world-channel-tv-network

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

More than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people. Does it help?

#anxiety-and-stress, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hemp, #insomnia, #marijuana, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #research, #sleep

2 Passengers, Dog Slide Out of Moving Plane at La Guardia Airport

Delta Flight 462 was delayed for hours after a male passenger forced open a cabin door while the plane was taxiing. He and his companions slid their way out of the plane.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #delta-air-lines-inc, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder

2 Passengers and a Dog Slide Out of Moving Plane at La Guardia

Delta Flight 462 was delayed for hours after a male passenger forced open a cabin door while the plane was taxiing. He and his companions slid their way out of the plane.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #delta-air-lines-inc, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder

An Epic Israeli TV Drama Exposes War Wounds Old and New

Grappling with the traumatic opening of the 1973 war, when Israel feared destruction, the series “Valley of Tears” has prompted a national outpouring of emotion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans

Bergamo’s Covid-19 Survivors Carry Scars Unseen and Incalculable

Plagued by guilt, anger and regrets, those still alive in the hardest hit place in Italy, and perhaps the world, grapple to understand how the virus has changed them.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #funerals-and-memorials, #hospitals, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Army Agrees to Review Thousands of Unfavorable Discharges for Veterans

If approved by a federal judge, the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit could result in thousands of veterans gaining access to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ full array of benefits.

#carson-alicia, #depression-mental, #kennedy-steve, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

I’m Jealous of the ‘Easy’ Pregnancy I Never Had

Processing the trauma, and envy, that followed losing a baby.

#anxiety-and-stress, #infant-mortality, #parenting, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #premature-babies

‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats

Ayahuasca, a vomit-inducing hallucinogenic brew, draws thousands of people each year — including former soldiers — to jungle retreats that have become an unlicensed and unregulated mental health marketplace.

#amazon-jungle, #antidepressants, #costa-rica, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #peru, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Me, My Relationship and PTSD

Past and present find their place as a couple wades through what their future holds. And it’s all OK.

#dating-and-relationships, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #travel-and-vacations

‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide

Dr. Lorna Breen was unflappable — until she faced a new enemy.

#breen-lorna-m, #charlottesville-va, #columbia-university-medical-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantines, #shortages, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

U.S. Commandos at Risk for Suicide: Is the Military Doing Enough?

An unreleased report commissioned by U.S. Special Operations Command found deficiencies in the military’s suicide-prevention programs for its elite troops.

#iraq-war-2003-11, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #votel-joseph-l

‘They Want to Kill Me’: Many Covid Patients Have Terrifying Delirium

Paranoid hallucinations plague many coronavirus patients in I.C.U.s, an experience that can slow recovery and increase risk of depression and cognitive issues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delirium, #hallucinations, #paranoia, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #sedatives, #your-feed-science

Tsunami or Ripple? The Pandemic’s Mental Toll Is an Open Question

Some health officials have forecast a steep rise in new mental health disorders. Others say the impact isn’t likely to last.

#antidepressants, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emotions, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #kaiser-family-foundation, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olfson-mark-1958, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science