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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Traumatic Brain Injury

  Back Over the last several years, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been thrust into the forefront of the consciousness of the medical community and the general public. This is in large part due to recent combat operations and subsequent recognition of this potentially “silent injury.” Fortunately, TBI has been…

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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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Reintegration of Post 9-11 Veterans

  Back Despite its best intentions and a significant commitment of resources, the U.S. Army is not effectively fulfilling its institutional responsibility to adequately prepare its departing veterans to enter into productive civilian life and employment at the conclusion of their time in uniform. The combination of an ineffectual understanding…

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What it Means to Be A Battle Buddy

  Back 22 Engineer May-August 2010 One weekend many years ago when I was a young Soldier, I saw a fellow Soldier (who I soon learned was Eddie) packing all his belongings into his car. It looked as if he were leaving. I thought to myself, Why would anyone be…

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Veteran shot, killed by officers after firing weapon

  back GASTON COUNTY – A veteran was shot and killed by police Monday after he fired his weapon at them, Gaston County authorities said. The shooting happened on Wedowee Lane. Police Chief James Buie addressed the media Monday night, calling it an “unfortunate situation.” Buie said Gaston County Communications…

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