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Dogs: A medicine for mental health problems? updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 16:56:00

His name is Valor. He's half Labrador retriever, half Great Dane, and goes everywhere with Sgt. Charles Hernandez. But Valor is more than a pet -- Hernandez considers the dog a personal physician.

Army: Soldier to stand trial in killings of 5 comrades at combat stress clinic in Iraqupdated: Mon May 21 2012 12:44:00

A sergeant accused of killing five comrades at a combat stress clinic at a U.S. base in Iraq more than three years ago is mentally fit to stand trial on charges of premeditated murder, the Army said.

Troops use PTSD to defend crimes.updated: Fri May 11 2012 11:28:00

Is PTSD a legitimate defense or 'Get Out of Jail Free' card? Chris Lawrence takes you inside courtroom.

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.

Living with the aftermath of Japan's tsunami nightmareupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 03:10:00

Kyoko Ogawa wore the brave face the world associated with Japan's tsunami survivors.

Witnesses look back at tsunamiupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 03:10:00

Six months after Japan's disaster, tsunami victims recount the horror.

Vets with PTSD get benefits under settlementupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 09:09:00

Anthony Koller's squad was ambushed in Iraq. He saw his friend die. He spent 14 months at war and returned home with a diagnosis that has become all too common for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans: post-traumatic stress disorder.

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."

2010: Puppies helping veteransupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 09:37:00

Veteran and PTSD sufferer Chris Goener finds a new lease on life, thanks to his service dog and Puppies Behind Bars.

Alternative treatment promoted for soldiers suffering from PTSDupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 18:07:00

Celebrities and a medical researcher want to convince the Defense Department this week that meditation could help the increasing number of military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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.

Japan tsunami stress testsupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 21:22:00

CNN's Martin Savidge takes a look at the emotional and psychological toll Japan's tsunami has had on survivors.

Mayor of devastated town among survivors facing psychological effectsupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 21:22:00

Since disaster struck the Japanese town of Rikuzentakata a month ago, Mayor Futoshi Toba has made hundreds of decisions.

Could first-grade traumas cause PTSD?updated: Tue Mar 08 2011 11:12:00

I was bullied when I was in the first grade really badly, and on the last day that year (the end of the year was when it was at the worst), my sisters and I were taken from school and put into foster care for over a year because our parents had been neglecting us. I've been researching it, and I think I'm exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Would what happened to me be traumatic enough to cause PTSD?

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.

Verdict delayed in British contractor case in Iraqupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 12:16:00

An Iraqi judge on Sunday adjourned proceedings for a week in the case of a British contractor accused of killing two colleagues in Baghdad.

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.

Should I force my teen to get help after trauma?updated: Tue Feb 08 2011 09:02:00

My 17-year-old son, Will, lost his best friend two weeks ago; his friend killed himself in a very, very unexpected suicide. His friend was on the phone with my son, and evidently the friend told my son that he was going to kill myself. My son tried to stop him, but the kid shot himself. My son heard it all. My son is showing signs of PTSD along with depression -- nightmares, anger and irritability -- and he's had at least two panic attacks. I know he needs help that I can't provide, but he adamantly refuses. What can I do? Should I force him to see a psychologist?

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.

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.

The crush of the spotlight awaits minersupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 20:51:00

As the rescue capsule brought each Chilean miner to the surface, they sprang from obscurity into the global spotlight -- a type of attention that they never sought.

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."

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?

Group: Lawsuit could help thousands of veterans with PTSDupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 17:41:00

The Defense Department has agreed to expedite the claims of possibly thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder but have been denied benefits, a veterans group announced Monday.

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.

How can I get help for PTSD induced by an ICU stay?updated: Tue Dec 01 2009 13:46:00

Following a two-month ICU stay five years ago, I was told that I had many symptoms of PTSD. The near-death experience would have been enough to shake me up alone, but when I wound up with ICU delirium ... I don't know how long it lasted, it felt like years, and the hallucinations were worse than all of the surgeries and physical therapy put together. Worse than anything I have ever experienced. They were just too vivid, and my periods of lucidity were few and far between. I couldn't sleep soundly through the night for almost a year afterward.

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.

Interviews give veterans a voice, iReporters a causeupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 11:40:00

Julie Ellerton met Iraq war veteran John Stubbs by chance. He dropped by her Malibu, California, home one afternoon to spray for termites.

Veterans of two wars work togetherupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 16:15:00

When Sergio Arias returned to civilian life in Oxnard, California, visions of war still haunted him.

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?

Generals share their experience with PTSDupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 22:21:00

Army generals aren't known for talking about their feelings.

Date rape victim: How can I stop worrying about my daughter?updated: Tue Feb 17 2009 09:25:00

I am a 38-year-old woman who was a victim of date rape when I was 16. I have battled different forms of stress disorder/generalized depressive disorder off and on since. I've been doing well for some time, but now that my teenage daughter has started dating, I'm really falling apart. I'm always obsessively worrying about everything when it comes to my daughter, not just dating issues.

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.

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.

Time.com: Study: 70,000 Affected by 9/11 Stressupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 11:00:00

New data from a public health registry that tracks the health effects of 9/11 suggest that as many as 70,000 people may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the terrorist attacks

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

Time.com: Talking Out Trauma: Not Always a Help updated: Thu Jun 05 2008 19:00:00

Victims of disasters are told it's good to talk about your feelings. But a new study questions the benefits

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.

Time.com: Wartime PTSD Up About 50% in 2007updated: Tue May 27 2008 18:00:00

The number of troops diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder jumped by roughly 50 percent in 2007, the most violent year so far in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

Military and mental healthupdated: Thu May 01 2008 15:05:00

CNN's John Roberts takes a look at a new study on military mental health.

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.

Female veterans report more sexual, mental traumaupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 10:22:00

On a good day, Keri Christensen spends the day watching her children. She prepares their meals, gets them ready for school and helps them with their homework.

Female vets fight a new battleupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 10:22:00

CNN's Randi Kaye looks at women vets back from Iraq, but still fighting the battle. Tonight on AC 360.

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

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.

Time.com: Veterans Day in Courtupdated: Sat Jan 12 2008 11:00:00

After the Department of Veterans Affairs told them to wait their turn, veterans who bear the psychological scars of fighting the war on terror now have the chance to sue

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.

Study: Veterans more likely to be homelessupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 16:41:00

More than 25 percent of the homeless population in the United States are military veterans, although they represent 11 percent of the civilian adult population, according to a new report.

Vet's life on the streetsupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 16:41:00

Veteran Ben Israel describes being homeless after he got out of the Army.

Atlantic City mayor pleads guilty to cheating Veterans Departmentupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 22:18:00

The former mayor of Atlantic City pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of nearly $25,000 for false claims about his military service during the Vietnam War, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey.

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.

Time.com: Army Suicides Highest in 26 Yearsupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 09:00:00

Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

People.com: Preacher's Wife Mary Winkler Released from Custodyupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 13:23:00

Mary Winkler, the Tennessee woman convicted in April of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of her husband, preacher Matthew Winkler, was released from custody on Tuesday, her attorney told CNN.

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.

Exhaustion, anger of caregiving get a nameupdated: Mon Aug 13 2007 02:12:00

Do you take care of someone in your family with a chronic medical illness or dementia? Have you felt depression, anger or guilt? Has your health deteriorated since taking on the responsibility of caregiving? If your answer is yes to any one of these, you may be suffering from caregiver stress.

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.

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.

Molly Ivins: Bordering on lunacyupdated: Tue May 16 2006 11:16:00

I hate to raise such an ugly possibility, but have you considered lunacy as an explanation? Craziness would make a certain amount of sense. I mean, you announce you are going to militarize the Mexican border, but you assure the president of Mexico you are not militarizing the border. You announce you are sending the National Guard, but then you assure everyone it's not very many soldiers and just for a little while.

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.

Sick with shame at quake horrorsupdated: Fri Nov 04 2005 09:03:00

Bring surgical masks I was warned. Now I know why. The stench of decomposing bodies hangs heavy on the air in Balakot, a town in Pakistan's north-west province.

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.

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.

Judge won't limit questioning of Bryant accuserupdated: Wed Mar 03 2004 04:27:00

The judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case Tuesday reaffirmed his earlier decision not to limit the scope of questioning about the sexual history of the woman who says the NBA star raped her.

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.

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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