Archive for August 2014

One-hundred years from Shell Shock to PTSD

A century ago, World War I–the war to end all wars–brought death and destruction literally and figuratively on an industrial scale throughout Europe, and parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, China, and off the coasts of North and South America. Very few soldiers were immune to the psychological wounds of war. The term “Shell... Read more »

PTSD and the children exposed to war in Israel, Gaza, and Chicago's gun violence

Since July, as the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and Hamas have traded rockets and rhetoric, the region’s children are wandering through the fog and death of war, which can have long-term effects in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A recent study published by the Arab Journal of Psychiatry (AJP), looked at the impact that nearly... Read more »

Canadian first responder, struggling with undiagnosed PTSD, takes his own life

On a daily basis, first responders are exposed to a variety of life and death situations. Edmonton’s Brad Symes, age 38, appeared to be troubled by what he experienced as a 13-year veteran firefighter who followed his father, Stan, into the firehouse. He often confided with his parents about what he witnessed. The turning point... Read more »