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World War II vet helps younger veterans cope with PTSD

Norman Bussel, 91, author of “My Private War: Liberated Body, Captive Mind: A World War II POW’s Journey,” has lived with PTSD for more than 70 years, although the term and condition was coined long after the Vietnam conflict. Bussel wrote about his experiences in today’s (Feb. 27, 2015) Washington Post. Bussel, more like a great... Read more »

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: #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 »

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 »

Upwards of 80,000 U.S. military veterans struggling with PTSD are in line for "discharge upgrades"

Approximately 80,000 U.S. military veterans–going as far back as those who served in Vietnam–may be able to receive “discharge upgrades” as a result of their combat-related PTSD. The upgrades were outlined in a memo from earlier this month from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. According to a story published today in the The Times of Trenton (NJ), veterans... Read more »

The evolution of PTSD over the centuries

Last week, I wrote about “Shell Shock,” a term and condition that came into vogue in the midst of World War One. Shell shock was the precursor to today’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since then, I had the pleasure of meeting with the world-renowned, Chicago-based physician Eugene G. Lipov M.D., who co-authored Exit Strategy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:... Read more »

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 »