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Army reviewing PTSD evaluation programupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 18:26:00

The Army is conducting "a wholesale re-examination" of soldiers whose post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis was reversed by the military hospital at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Army Sec. John McHugh said Wednesday at a Senate hearing.

Female veterans coping with PTSDupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:16:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips revisits a woman who served in Iraq and struggles to cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

More women in combat means more mothers with PTSDupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:16:00

It wasn't until five months after Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned from the Iraq war in 2003 that her real battle began. The horrors of the war -- witnessing decapitated and burned bodies amid mass destruction -- led to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Music therapy for veterans with PTSDupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:44:00

Guitars for Vets is a volunteer organization dedicated to putting instruments in the hands of veterans with PTSD.

OCD in children: 'A darkness has overtaken me' updated: Tue Oct 11 2011 09:49:00

Alissa Welker would switch the lights on, off, on, off, on, off -- however many times it took to feel "right." When she was 9, she'd spend the equivalent of an adult workday doing these kinds of rituals. She also washed her hands excessively, avoided sick people and barely ate because she feared food poisoning.

How can I control my panic attacks?updated: Tue Aug 30 2011 10:24:00

I've been having a lot of panic attacks, almost every day; sometimes when I'm working, dealing with the kids or just nothing at all. I'll get shortness of breath, chest hurts on both sides or just one side, and a lot of my heart skipping a beat. And it scares me. I'm 29 years old and in good health. How can I control this?

Alcohol and anxiety a risky mix for someupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 17:43:00

Many people who experience chronic feelings of anxiety about social situations, work and relationships, or other aspects of everyday life often reach for a beer or a glass of wine to quell their unease.

Philanthropist says dogs will help soldiers with PTSDupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:37:00

It smacks of Fourth of July patriotism -- the poster with a big, panting golden retriever with an Uncle Sam hat and the slogan "Dog Bless America."

Could I have PTSD from being bullied?updated: Tue May 24 2011 12:38:00

I have been harassed for many years at work due to the fact I am considered a disabled person. I can't do some jobs because I don't have the strength or endurance. People taunted me, saying stuff like saying I was a hypochondriac. They made me do work I couldn't physically do, and I'm harassed almost on a daily basis. During this time, I developed major depression, and last year I needed time off from work because of it. I feel I have some signs of PTSD because I can't work in certain areas of the plant I work in.

Poetry, film give voice for OCD sufferersupdated: Sat May 14 2011 13:40:00

"I'm edging towards being a recluse, but choose daily to fight for release from this crippling prison."

Helping vets with PTSDupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 09:40:00

CNN's Don Lemon talks to Dr. Mark Goulston about the new rule changes for troops suffering from PTSD.

Pilot struggles with PTSD, abuseupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 13:24:00

Did the Air Force miss signs of PTSD as a pilot's life violently fell apart? CNN's Ed Lavandera investigates.

After war, an Air Force pilot's life spirals out of controlupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 13:24:00

Air Force Maj. Chad Bushman vividly remembers the worst day of his life, the sound of handcuffs gripping his wrists as six military officers took him away and told him he faced criminal charges for abusing his wife.

Air Force panel: Pilot with PTSD should be dischargedupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 21:57:00

A three-member Board of Inquiry is recommending that a veteran Air Force pilot who has post-traumatic stress disorder be discharged under honorable conditions, according to the pilot's attorney.

PTSD linked to hardened arteriesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 12:47:00

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more than the mind. The disorder may damage blood vessels and increase the risk of dying early, according to new research presented today at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association.

Mental health toll of warupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 08:53:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the alarming suicide and hospitalization rates among U.S. troops.

Dealing with the unseen scars of warupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 08:53:00

His vivid memories from the battlefield won't go away: a Taliban surface-to-air missile striking a Chinook helicopter, killing everyone on board. The ensuing firefight that nearly killed him.

Feds roll out new PTSD benefits for veteransupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 15:18:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled new regulations Monday making it easier for men and women who served in the armed forces to receive benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.

How to brand a disease -- and sell a cureupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 14:07:00

If you want to understand the way prescription drugs are marketed today, have a look at the 1928 book, "Propaganda," by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations in America.

Can herbal supplements treat anxiety?updated: Thu Oct 07 2010 08:20:00

Herbal supplements containing kava or passionflower appear to be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of anxiety, a new review of existing research suggests.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: McKinley's apparent suicide stark reminder of athletes' higher risk of depressionupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 15:24:00

It was before the famous tent stint in Australia, the various drug suspensions, the holistic medicine, the Toronto Argonauts and the Redemption. In the summer of 2003, Ricky Williams was passing through New York on a media tour and we ended up talking. Williams said a few words about his football career, but then, candid as ever, he took the conversation on a hairpin turn and began to talk about his battles with mental illness.

Why is panic disorder a psychiatric condition?updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 10:17:00

Why is panic disorder classified as just a psychiatric condition when there are so many physical symptoms (some painful) that arise during the attack? They would occur whether in good/bad mood, or even asleep.

Obama: New PTSD rules 'long overdue step'updated: Mon Jul 12 2010 06:17:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to get benefits, a development President Barack Obama calls a "long overdue step."

Study: Anxiety in youth linked to heart attacks later onupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 04:37:00

Men diagnosed with anxiety in their late teens or early 20s are more than twice as likely to have heart disease or a heart attack later in life than their more laid-back peers, according to a new Swedish study.

Who's afraid of snakes, spiders, vomit?updated: Tue Jun 15 2010 12:17:00

In mid-interview for a new movie last week, actress Salma Hayek suddenly shrieked and scrambled out of her seat, over the shoulders of co-star Maya Rudolph sitting next to her. Clutching frantically at Rudolph and another co-star, Maria Bello, she uttered a blood-curdling scream, "Somebody do something!" Bello, also clearly unnerved at the sight of something off-camera, comforted Hayek as she teetered on the arm of a director's chair in 4-inch heels. "It's OK," Bello repeated, "We got you. Don't worry."

Many studies great news for mice, not so much for humansupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 08:18:00

Potential cancer vaccine! Possible anxiety treatment! Scientific studies looking at potential therapies for physical and mental illness often sound exciting -- that is, until you read further and realize they're in mice.

Depression, PTSD plague many Iraq vetsupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 17:30:00

Up to 31 percent of soldiers returning from combat in Iraq experience depression or post-traumatic stress disorder that affects their jobs, relationships, or home life, according to a new study by Army researchers.

What is EMDR therapy and does it help OCD?updated: Tue May 04 2010 08:12:00

I have been seeing a therapist for the past four months now. In that time she had diagnosed me with depression with symptoms of [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]. She suggested I try medication but looking online I found a therapy called EMDR. I was wondering which is more effective: talk therapy plus medication or EMDR? I have never been on any type of antidepressants but I do have a history of various traumatic experiences. (I may have [post-traumatic stress disorder] as well).

Could I have PTSD from a hospital stay?updated: Tue Apr 06 2010 12:15:00

I recently had a terrible experience in the hospital. After surgery, while I was still mostly under and groggy, someone came and pulled the tube out of my mouth rather roughly then inserted another tube without ever speaking one word. This trauma has left me with a rather large problem: I do not eat solid food anymore. I know that this is all in my head, but I cannot overcome this. I am on antidepressant med and have seen a throat specialist. Can anyone help?

Scientists say scanner can detect PTSD in veteransupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 08:43:00

Post-traumatic stress is estimated to afflict more than 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, but until now, it's been labeled a "soft disorder" -- one without an objective biological path to diagnosis.

Gupta treats injured babyupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 10:49:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta treats a 15-day-old baby whose house collapsed upon her in the Haiti earthquake.

In Haiti, mental aftershocks could be far-reachingupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 10:49:00

As Haitians struggle to recover from the devastation of Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, mental health experts caution that the most severe psychological effects won't take form until individuals' situations stabilize.

Post-traumatic stress may harm kids' brainsupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 15:19:00

Psychological trauma may leave a visible trace in a child's brain, scientists say.

I feel like a new person after getting on the right medsupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 13:31:00

I don't have a question. However, I would like to make a comment. I found the antidepressant Lamictal to be a godsend. I feel like a new person since I've been taking it. I also take Neurontin, which really takes the edge off. I feel for the person who can't find the right medicine. Don't give up, keep trying new drugs.

How can I help my child with OCD make decisions?updated: Tue Oct 27 2009 11:49:00

My 11-year-old daughter got a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) about six months ago. She is not currently on any medication but has been regularly seeing a therapist.

PTSD linked to higher post-surgery death rateupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 16:32:00

Post-traumatic stress disorder may be a condition of the mind, but research has implicated it in the ills of the body. Now, a new study suggests it may be associated with death after surgery.

Battling OCDupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 11:45:00

As CNN.com's Elizabeth Landau reports, as many as four million Americans suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder.

Some obsessions, compulsions not part of OCDupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 11:45:00

Driving over a pothole may not be a big deal for most people, but for Jeff Bell, it was a source of endless frustration.

Could anxiety disorder cause my husband to imagine things?updated: Tue Aug 04 2009 11:45:00

My husband has generalized anxiety disorder, and he always seems to bring up something he says he has seen me do or something I supposedly said when I cannot recall that ever happening. So my question is, can GAD cause a person to worry so much about something that he believes it happened?

Hair-pulling: 'My hands were my enemies'updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 10:53:00

Christina Pearson was half-bald at age 13. She just couldn't stop pulling her hair, and ended up taking out every lock from the tops of her ears to the crown of her head.

How can I calm my anxiety?updated: Tue Jun 23 2009 12:50:00

How can I calm myself down when anxiety strikes? I hate feeling nervous.

Have you heard of a heart drug that also helps PTSD?updated: Tue Apr 21 2009 09:31:00

I have heard secondhand information about a drug that was originally developed as a heart medication. However, according to my friend, the medication was recently the subject of a peer-reviewed study that showed it to be effective as a beta blocker and useful for treatment of traumatic memories (PTSD, etc). If you have any information about the drug and the study, I would very much appreciate it, as I would like to read about it.

Can schoolyard bullying lead to PTSD?updated: Tue Mar 31 2009 09:36:00

I suffered long-term verbal abuse and bullying at school for nearly six years. Recently a friend in the mental health field suggested that some behaviors I have begun to exhibit appear to correlate strongly with PTSD. Is it possible to develop PTSD from schoolyard bullying?

FSB: Fear of flyingupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 17:07:00

The doors have closed and my seat belt is buckled tight. Flight attendants are rushing to close the overhead bins. I feel a lurch, and out the window I see the terminal recede as the plane taxis toward the runway. But I don't really notice any of this. My chest is pounding. My stomach is a churning pit - I'm nauseous. My shirt is drenched in sweat, and I can barely breathe.

Seeing crash reports can worsen flying phobiaupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 17:11:00

When she heard news of the Continental Airlines plane that plunged into a house in suburban Buffalo, New York, on Thursday night, killing 50 people, Jenny Gomez experienced a familiar feeling creep deep within her psyche. "It definitely sparked those old feelings of anxiety," she said.

Troops won't get Purple Heart for stress disorderupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 16:16:00

The Purple Heart medal, awarded to service members who have been physically wounded in combat, will not be given for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, a Pentagon statement said.

How can I keep my anxiety under control?updated: Tue Dec 30 2008 10:14:00

I've started having terrible anxiety over the past month and it's starting to become debilitating. What can I do to calm myself down when I feel it start to build up?

Stressed soldiers sue for disability benefitsupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 12:45:00

The U.S. Army intentionally denied benefits to soldiers suffering from a widespread stress disorder after they returned from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a veterans advocacy group charges in a suit filed Wednesday.

A vet's struggle with PTSDupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 10:42:00

Meet an Iraq vet who nearly died from post-traumatic stress disorder on CNN's "Back From Battle" special, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET.

Iraq vets and post-traumatic stress: No easy answersupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 10:42:00

Walking through a crowded shopping mall can bring back memories of war. The shifting crowds, the jostle of passers-by and the din can all trigger Army Sgt. Kristofer Goldsmith's post-traumatic stress disorder.

The mystery of freaky phobiasupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 09:59:00

Carol Ann Carnese never considered herself an anxious person. Except when it came to wet wood.

Time.com: Purple Hearts for Psychic Scars?updated: Sun Jun 08 2008 23:00:00

With thousands of vets experiencing PTSD, the military debates whether mental injuries merit its loftiest honor

Reports of stress disorder leap in militaryupdated: Wed May 28 2008 11:39:00

The number of U.S. military personnel diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder jumped 47 percent in 2007 according to new statistics -- a change the Pentagon attributed to greater awareness and better record-keeping.

Children of war in Iraqupdated: Wed May 28 2008 11:39:00

As child psychiatrists try to ban the import of toy guns, Arwa Damon reports on how violence affects Iraqi children.

Dogs chase nightmares of war awayupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 17:30:00

Jo Hanna Schaffer's dog is more than a best friend. The 67-year-old veteran, a former Army medic, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and three years ago, she decided to get a service dog, a Chihuahua named Cody. Cody barks if someone is approaching from behind and cuddles with her when she is depressed.

Doggie therapyupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 17:30:00

Meet Sergeant Boe, the latest addition to Camp Speicher in Northern Iraq. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.

Time.com: Murder Trial Points to War Trauma updated: Thu Mar 27 2008 13:00:00

The prosecution claims Michael McQueen was murdered, the defense says he committed suicide. Either way, the mental toll of combat may have been a key factor

Time.com: Genes and Post-Traumatic Stress updated: Tue Mar 18 2008 12:00:00

A groundbreaking new study helps explain why some people succumb to post-traumatic stress disorder while others don't

Time.com: Serbia: Separation Anxietyupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 07:20:00

Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, supported by much of the West, has launched Serbia on a grim and familiar trajectory of violent nationalism

Study: PTSD, not brain injury, may cause vets' symptomsupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:14:00

Sgt. Ryan Kahlor has the same nightmare every time, a vision of walls painted in blood and fat, and men on top of houses, throwing pieces of Marines' bodies off rooftops. It's a vision he can't shake, because he lived through it while deployed to Iraq last year.

Soldiers and concussionsupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:14:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study linking soldier concussions in Iraq to PTSD and depression.

Grounded by fearupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 11:18:00

For those that suffer from a fear of flying, the British Airways Boeing 777 crash landing will not have been welcome news. After all, when planes fall out of the sky -- for what is still an unclear reason -- air travel seems more miracle than science.

SI.com: Melissa Segura: One fantasy sports league is connecting war vets updated: Fri Nov 09 2007 16:19:00

We want to believe in the happily-ever-after. That when the troops come home to the local high school band playing, families waiting, flags waving, the worst is over and they are finally free to begin tending to their lives, families and lawns. Everything that the American dream and the flag they've fought under is all about.

CNNMoney: Texas BP trial beginsupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 07:28:00

It was the deadliest petrochemical industry accident in more than a decade, killing 15 people and injuring more than 170 others. The force of the blast shattered windows and walls miles away.

Wife who killed preacher set free updated: Tue Aug 14 2007 03:49:00

After spending a total of seven months in custody, the Tennessee woman who fatally shot her preacher husband in the back was released on Tuesday, her lawyer told CNN.

Report on veterans careupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 08:26:00

Report on veterans care

Time.com: Behind the Veterans' Legal Battle updated: Tue Jul 24 2007 19:00:00

Can a landmark lawsuit filed by thousands of vets change the agency they claim has denied them care and compensation?

Time.com: Injured Iraq Vets Sue VA Headupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 08:15:00

Frustrated by delays in health care, injured Iraq war veterans accused VA Secretary Jim Nicholson in a lawsuit of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment

Time.com: Army Hiring More Psychiatristsupdated: Fri Jun 15 2007 10:45:00

Overwhelmed by the number of soldiers returning from war with mental problems, the Army is planning to hire more than 25 percent additional psychiatrists and other medical workers

Time.com: Shell-Shocked at Abu Ghraib?updated: Wed May 23 2007 19:25:00

Questions are raised about the mental state of the prison's senior officer just before the abuses there

Women at war: Mental health toll unknownupdated: Tue May 22 2007 12:55:00

More American women are closer to combat in Iraq than in any other modern war, and there are many unknowns about the mental health effects they may experience when they come home from the war zone.

Advances helping more soldiers survive attacksupdated: Tue May 22 2007 12:52:00

More than 20,000 U.S. troops have been wounded so far as a result of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. But according to experts, more of them are surviving their injuries in comparison to past conflicts because of advances in military medicine, faster evacuations and better body armor.

Iraq vet: 'My brain will not let go'updated: Fri May 18 2007 10:57:00

A year after coming home from Iraq, AJ Jefferson is still fighting the war in eerie nightmares about the bomb that left him and two comrades seriously wounded.

CNN Future Summit forumupdated: Wed May 16 2007 08:52:00

The mental scars of war are often far more debilitating than the physical injuries that servicemen and women pick up during combat. But a new virtual war simulation aims to help veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read full story

Virtual war, real therapyupdated: Wed May 16 2007 06:52:00

The mental scars of war are often far more debilitating than the many physical injuries that servicemen and women pick up during combat. But a new virtual war simulation may help veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Strong emotions normal after trauma, expert saysupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 10:12:00

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson wants the Virginia Tech shooting survivors to know that their pain and anger and fear are normal. And she wants them to know it will get better.

'Silent victims': What will become of Iraq's children?updated: Mon Mar 19 2007 11:32:00

Mustafa Karim, a fourth-grader, now lives with family members in a squalid camp in eastern Baghdad where displaced Shias go after fleeing their homes, often after relatives have been killed.

Study: Thousands of veterans return with mental illnessupdated: Tue Mar 13 2007 03:28:00

Nearly a third of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who received care from Veterans Affairs between 2001 and 2005 were diagnosed with mental health or psychosocial ills, a new study concludes.

Unlocking the mysteries of the mindupdated: Tue Aug 22 2006 15:48:00

Shannon Fleishman sat in her room at McLean Hospital, eyes shut tight, hands clenched together until her knuckles were white. She was shaking. I watched her and thought, "If I didn't know the truth, I'd think she was a cocaine addict who just ran out of drugs."

Your e-mails: Coming home, families and warupdated: Fri May 26 2006 08:33:00

With U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, CNN.com wants to hear your stories. Whether deployed in the military or waiting on a loved one at home, these CNN.com readers sent us their stories and thoughts. And some sent photos. Here's a sampling of the responses, some of which have been edited.

Army: HBO documentary could trigger stress disorderupdated: Mon May 15 2006 10:14:00

The Army surgeon general is warning that the HBO documentary "Baghdad ER" is so graphic that military personnel watching it could experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

When the brain doesn't know when to stopupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 09:39:00

Shannon Fleishman sat in her room at McLean Hospital, eyes shut tight, hands clenched together until her knuckles were white. She was shaking. I watched her and thought, "If I didn't know the truth, I'd think she was a cocaine addict who just ran out of drugs."

Fortune: Trouble in Prozacupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 00:01:00

Can Prozac make you want to die? The idea seems strange, given that the drug and similar antidepressants are supposed to do just the opposite. Yet that is what Kimberly Witczak believes happened to...

The quest for fearupdated: Fri Nov 18 2005 09:40:00

(CNN) -- This month Richard is on a Quest for Fear.

Remember thisupdated: Tue Mar 22 2005 08:39:00

The capitals of all 50 states. The name of your second-grade teacher. The location of your keys.

Case dropped against U.S. soldier initially accused of cowardiceupdated: Thu Jul 15 2004 20:54:00

The U.S. Army Thursday dropped its case against a soldier who was initially accused of cowardice after he suffered a panic attack when he saw the bloody corpse of an Iraqi on his second day in the war zone.

Combat stress: The war withinupdated: Thu Jul 01 2004 15:34:00

Almost two out of every 10 U.S. troops who have faced combat in Iraq may return with serious symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an unprecedented study.

Fortune: Will Spitzer V. Glaxo Give Prozac A Lift?updated: Mon Jun 28 2004 00:01:00

Eli Lilly's flagging sales of Prozac could receive an un-expected boost this year. Anti-depressants, those wonder drugs of the '80s and '90s, are increasingly under attack amid questions about the...

Ecstasy approved for medical studyupdated: Tue Feb 24 2004 19:32:00

A South Carolina psychiatrist said Wednesday he will immediately start recruiting patients after winning approval to conduct the first study testing MDMA -- better known as ecstasy -- as a therapeutic tool.

Money Magazine: Do You Shop Too Much? Understanding--and controlling--the primal urge to splurgeupdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

Marie LaTortue loves shopping the way Michael Jackson loves plastic surgery: truly, madly, deeply. Every few months, Marie goes on a binge, hitting the malls in a state of giddy determination, drop...

Fortune: A DNA Tragedy Genetic tests to prevent adverse drug reactions may save tens of thousands of lives a year, but for a troubled boyupdated: Mon Oct 30 2000 00:01:00

The death of nine-year-old Michael Adams-Conroy didn't seem at first like a signal event in medicine. It seemed like homicide.

Fortune: The menace of consumers, sorrow in Pennsylvania, child abuse at the Fed, and other matters. PSYCHOupdated: Mon Nov 04 1991 00:01:00

Your servant was about to reach for a newsmagazine in the local stationery store when he suddenly found himself staring fascinatedly at an adjacent publication with the arguably grabbiest headline ...

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