March 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Army inspector general is conducting a systemwide review of mental-health facilities to determine whether psychiatrists overturned diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder to save money. The move comes as the case of a U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians has brought fresh attention to the strains of war. Army Secretary John McHugh told Congress on Wednesday that the Army was trying to determine whether the change in diagnosis was isolated or a common practice.
May 16, 2015 |
Passengers who survived this week's Amtrak crash may have a rough month ahead of them, psychologically speaking, but most will recover on their own without much help from professionals. "Most people will naturally figure this out and come out of it," said David Yusko, clinical director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Predicting who won't is more challenging, he said. He and Kenneth Reinhard, a New York psychologist who worked for decades at a VA hospital, agreed that educating people about what they are likely to feel - normalizing those painful emotions - would help them accept and process their responses.
June 23, 2013 |
Henry Costo was only 20 when he was sent to his first fatal fire. He raced up to a third-floor apartment on Girard Avenue, where a teenage girl was reportedly trapped. He grabbed her feet, pulled her dead body closer, and realized something was wrong. There were too many limbs. Costo turned to his partner to share what he had found: two girls, hugging each other, realizing they would die. But driving back home, Costo didn't feel a thing. "I remember thinking, 'There must be something wrong with me. Am I that hardened?
April 14, 2005 |
Citing the large numbers of military personnel returning from Iraq with psychiatric disorders, lawmakers introduced legislation yesterday in the House of Representatives that would expand veterans' health services and study why veterans' mental-disability payments vary widely across the country. The bill follows a March report in The Inquirer and other newspapers owned by Knight Ridder that the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs produced inconsistent results when it came to determining a veteran's degree of disability and amount of compensation.
October 26, 2012 |
JERRY GRANTLAND grew up in Lansdowne, enlisted in the Army right out of Cardinal O'Hara High School, deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was on reconnaissance patrol in an armored personnel carrier when a roadside bomb exploded. He wasn't wounded physically. But after eight months of hypervigilance in Iraq, always ready to run for cover from frequent mortar attacks, Grantland came home to a National Guard assignment in Texas, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "I was driving 75 miles-an-hour on I-10 when I saw a couple of guys at the side of the road who looked like they were duct-taping something to the guardrail," said Grantland, now 28 and living in Roxborough.
April 29, 2015 |
Just four days after coming home to Northeast Philadelphia from Iraq in 2003, Tim Wynn got into a bar fight. The Marine was arrested for the first time in his life. That wasn't even the worst of it. "I can remember, my mother and my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, they didn't know what to do," he said. It took five years and six more arrests before he began court-ordered treatment for the PTSD that he didn't know he had. His homecoming might have been easier if he could have had access to a new website for Philadelphia-area veterans that went live Monday.
November 29, 2012 |
The unkempt man was wearing fatigues, standing in the street and holding a sign that read, "Vietnam vet. Please help. God bless. " The year was 2005 and Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist, was driving with her then-9-year-old daughter, who asked why the man was begging in the world's richest country. It was a moment that helped propel Van Dahlen into her official mission, the founding that year of Give an Hour, a national nonprofit providing free mental health services to military personnel and their families affected by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other post-9/11 conflicts.
January 2, 2011 |
The handsome man on the videotape was reliving a very bad memory, and he was doing it amazingly well. His eyes were closed. He was speaking in present tense. His voice was shaking, and he was sniffling. His whole body looked wired. He wanted to cure his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and he was doing exactly what his new therapist had told him to do. He was mentally putting himself back in the night that most terrified him, one that had haunted him with flashbacks and nightmares for nine years.
June 6, 1995 |
WHAT ABOUT GUMP? A high IQ can do a lot for you, including reducing your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Harvard University researchers. After adjustment for socioeconomic status and other factors, the lower a subject's intelligence, the more severe was his PTSD symptoms, a study of 105 Vietnam combat veterans found. "Cognitive variables may affect the ability to cope with trauma, thereby affecting whether a person develops chronic PTSD," Dr. Richard McNally reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
February 25, 1991 |
They are resurfacing now, the Vietnam veterans, those old soldiers who had almost faded away. They are going into the veterans' center in Center City, and psychological clinics in Coatesville and Lyons, Somerset County. They are talking to each other, sometimes after years of uneasy silence, in organized rap sessions or just in phone calls between friends. The battle in the gulf is hitting them hard. As American troops fight the latest war - as a bloody ground war begins, as television records the helicopters and explosions, as reporters do features on body bags - many Vietnam veterans are discovering that they haven't quite purged themselves of the last one. This has affected different vets in different ways.