Malaria Drug Causes Brain Damage

  Back Malaria drug causes brain damage that mimics PTSD: case study The case of a service member diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but found instead to have brain damage caused by a malaria drug raises questions about the origin of similar symptoms in other post-9/11 veterans. According to the…

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DOD Suicide Report 2013

  Back This annual report of the DoDSER program summarizes CY 2013 fatal and nonfatal suicide events reported and submitted by March 31, 2014. This report is composed of aggregated DoDSER data for each of the four covered Services: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. Data for each DoDSER…

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2012 Military Community Demographics

  Back This Demographics Report, which was prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), presents a synthesis of demographic information describing members and families in the military community in fiscal year 2012.1 Active Duty Service branches include DoD’s Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Department of Homeland…

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Benzodiazepines to Treatment PTSD

  Back Benzodiazepines were introduced in the 1960’s to replace barbiturates, which were effective as sedatives but were dangerous in overdosage and often abused. The stress-reducing and sedating properties of benzodiazepines made them seemingly an ideal drug to manage anxiety and insomnia symptoms and they became useful in addressing other…

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Traumatic Experience & Suicidal Behaviors

  Back Although much has been written about the association of traumatic experiences with the development of psychiatric morbidity, less is known specifically about the relationship between trauma and attempted suicide or suicide. Attempted suicide and suicide are outcomes with a complex etiology, and the risk factors for each vary…

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VA Take-Home Opioids

  Back As requested by the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the VA Office of Inspector General conducted a study to assess the provision of VA outpatient (take-home) opioids and monitoring of patients on opioid therapy (hereinafter referred to as opioid patients). Specifically, we described both the prevalence…

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Psychotropic Medication & Brain Functions

  Back The last decades have been a time of active research and discovery in the fields of psychotropic medication, the identification and classification of psychiatric disorders, and the physiology of higher brain functions, such as emotions, memory, or consciousness. A very impressive effort has been made at the international…

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VA/DOD Guideline For Mgmt. of PTS

  Back This update of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress was developed under the auspices of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), pursuant to directives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Invisible Wounds of War

  Back Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. Early evidence suggests that the psychological toll of these deployments—many involving prolonged exposure to combat-related stress over multiple rotations—may be disproportionately high compared with the…

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