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  • Overcoming feelings of Guilt and Shame Associated with Combat Related PTSD

    Overcoming feelings of Guilt and Shame Associated with Combat Related PTSD

    Dr. Norman and her team developed a psychotherapy treatment aimed at changing thoughts and behaviors that become associated with post-traumatic guilt. Their intervention helps Veterans re-evaluate their behaviors with these changed ways of thinking and reasoning. It also focuses on identifying and clarifying personal values and helping the Veteran set plans to re-engage and live according to values in a meaningful way.

     
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  • Compassion Meditation for PTSD

    Compassion Meditation for PTSD

    Dr Ariel Lang, Acting Director of CESAMH, and her collaborators have developed a compassion meditation practice for Veterans with PTSD. The main goal of compassion meditation is to foster compassion for and connectedness to other individuals, wishing both oneself and others freedom from suffering and satisfaction with their life. Veterans are viewing the program favorably, and early results show that it may help reduce PTSD symptoms.

     
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  • Mantram Repetition Program for Symptom and Stress Management

    Mantram Repetition Program for Symptom and Stress Management

    Dr. Bormann and colleagues have developed a complementary, mind-body-spiritual intervention for symptom management and wellbeing—the Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) that has been shown to help Veterans and others. The MRP is an educational, skills-training intervention that is intended to help a person decrease reactivity to stressful situations.  The practice of mantram repetition is something individuals can do literally “on the run” because it does not require eyes closed, any particular position, nor any particular time or place.  It is a “portable stress buster.”

     
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  • Dr. Amy Jak and research assistant Mark Sanderson-Cimino review the SMART-CPT protocols. (Photo by Kevin Walsh)

    Treating TBI and PTSD together

    Researchers are combining an evidence-based PTSD treatment called cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with a relatively new approach to mTBI called Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy, or CogSMART for short.

     
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  • Genes influence brain cortex structure

    Genes influence brain cortex structure

    Evidence for a genetic influence on a brain structure critical to intelligence was reported Monday in a study by Norwegian and UC San Diego researchers. Researchers found that changes in the thickness of the brain’s cortex, the seat of cognition, are linked to its genetically determined organization.

     
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  • A group of Marines are seen on patrol with members of the Afghan army, on November 17, 2010.

    Reduced Heart Rate Variability May Indicate Greater Vulnerability to PTSD

    ​A prospective longitudinal study of U.S. Marines suggests that reduced heart rate variability – the changing time interval between heartbeats – may be a contributing risk factor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

     
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  • PsychArmor Institute: Press Conference and Open House

    PsychArmor Institute: Press Conference and Open House

    CESAMH’s Associate Director of Education and Dissemination, Dr. Carie Rodgers, speaks to elected officials, military, regional Veteran wellness community, and business representatives about the need to serve Veterans who do not receive care at the VA.

     
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  • Serving Those Who Serve

    Serving Those Who Serve

    The University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) hosted its first “Serving Those Who Serve: Improving Mental Health Care for Service Members and Their Families” summit on July 10, 2015.

     
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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Accelerated Aging

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Accelerated Aging

    In recent years, public health concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have risen significantly, driven in part by affected military Veterans returning from conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. PTSD is associated with [a] number of psychological maladies, among them chronic depression, anger, insomnia, eating disorders and substance abuse.

     
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  • Gene Networks for Innate Immunity Linked to PTSD Risk

    Gene Networks for Innate Immunity Linked to PTSD Risk

    Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in New York and the United Kingdom, have identified genetic markers, derived from blood samples that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The markers are associated with gene networks that regulate innate immune function and interferon signaling.

     
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  • San Diego Scientists Link Genes With PTSD, Before And After War

    San Diego Scientists Link Genes With PTSD, Before And After War

    Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and the UC San Diego School of Medicine were part of a team that studied 188 Marines before and after deployment.

     
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  • A VA San Diego Healthcare System researcher shows a Veteran how to use an electronic screening tablet during a military muster at Camp Pendleton on Dec. 8. Testing is currently being conducted to assess the benefits of incorporating newer technology to help treat younger Veterans. Photo by Christopher Menzie.

    Advances in Technology Serving Veterans

    A research team led by Niloo Afari, PhD, and James Pittman, LCSW, at the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), has developed and tested a new web-based, mental health screening process for Veterans.

     
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