Archive for October 2014

Jackie Kennedy struggled with PTSD after JFK and Bobby Kennedy assassinations

A new biography reveals that Jackie Kennedy struggled with what we now know as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after President Kennedy’s assassination and her grief was further compounded after Bobby Kennedy’s murder in California during his presidential campaign. According to author Barbara Leaming, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story (Thomas Dunne Books),” Mrs. Kennedy was haunted... Read more »

The PTSD Blog gets attention from Pentagon's Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

In newsletter published last Friday (Oct. 10, 2014), the Pentagon’s Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff highlighted a recent PTSD blog post redefining the condition as PTSI (Post-Traumatic Stress Injury). Here’s a link to my Oct. 8th blog post: http://www.chicagonow.com/ptsd-blog/2014/10/the-reclassification-of-ptsd-to-ptsi/ #ThePTSDBlog

British Columbia's first responders and PTSD

After a denial for PTSD-related insurance claim, a group of Canadian first responders mobilized a Facebook page to call attention to the plight of fellow public safety colleagues. As of last weekend, more than 70,000 people exercised their opinions and support on the Facebook page to highlight the stress and suicides among EMS professionals and... Read more »
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Reclassification of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post-Traumatic Stress Injury

A disorder is defined as a “disturbance in physical or mental health functions,” but Chicago-based Eugene Lipov, M.D. (developer of Stellate Ganglion Block for treatment of PTSD) and Frank Ochberg, M.D. of East Lansing, Mich. (the psychiatrist who coined ‘Stockholm Syndrome’) agree that the word “disorder,” when associated with PTSD, completely misses the mark because the condition is... Read more »