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  • Vets Find Mantram Repetition Helps PTSD Symptoms

    Vets Find Mantram Repetition Helps PTSD Symptoms

    Only about half the veterans suffering from PTSD seek treatment, because of the stigma attached […]

     
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    Brain Injuries Can Lead to PTSD

    Military personnel who suffer traumatic brain injuries during active duty are much more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over time, according to a recent study by a team of San Diego-area scientists.

     
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  • Telehealth Counseling Makes PTSD Treatment Accessible For Veterans

    Telehealth Counseling Makes PTSD Treatment Accessible For Veterans

    It’s called telemental health — virtually connecting patient with psychologist. Nearly a quarter of veterans return home with post-traumatic stress disorder, but only a few actually seek treatment. Hectic schedules, transportation challenges and the persistent stigma regarding mental health may prevent those in need from seeking help.

     
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  • Vietnam-era Twin Study Yields Genetic Brain Map

    How do genes affect brain development and function? Scientists seeking clues may now have an edge thanks to a new “brain atlas” developed by VA researchers and colleagues. The research, described in the March 30 issue of Science, involves twins who served in the military during the Vietnam era.

     
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  • Taking Brain Injury from Combat to Campus

    Among the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – post-traumatic stress disorder, lost limbs and traumatic brain injury – it’s the last that tends to get the least amount of attention.

     
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  • Helping Veterans get PTSD Treatment in Community Settings

    Helping Veterans get PTSD Treatment in Community Settings

    CESAMH researchers provided free trainings in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to mental health providers in San Diego County.  CPT is one of the most well-researched and effective treatments for PTSD.  In addition to the usual CPT training the VA uses, however, the team added to the training to identify any special hurdles that mental health providers might have in using the therapy with the Veterans they see.  The CESAMH team is collecting information from the providers who took the training to help make the training even more effective!

     
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  • Videoconferencing Psychotherapy: A Systematic Review

    Providing psychotherapy services by videoconferencing is gaining in popularity. There are many logistic reasons why this may be a preferred mode of service delivery both in the public sector, but in private practice as well.

     
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  • Twin Times: News for Participants in the Vietnam Era Twin Registry

    Through the VETSA studies, Drs. Kremen and Lyons hope to learn about the influence genes have on the aging brain. The VETSA studies include over 1,200 VET  Registry twins, and follow-up research on these twins is currently underway. Over 1,000 twins have already participated in the ongoing VETSA 2 follow-up, and plans are being made for the VETSA 3 follow-up. This project has resulted in over 50 published articles in the scientific literature, including a March 2012 article in Science, one of the world’s top scientific journals.

     
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  • ‘Mantram’ technique benefits Veterans with PTSD

    ‘Mantram’ technique benefits Veterans with PTSD

    Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, reported that her team’s six-week Mantram Repetition Program resulted in improvements in “existential spiritual well-being” among the 146 Veterans who completed the program, conducted at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The program also significantly improved Veterans’ scores on a measure of self-efficacy—how confident they felt in their ability to manage their PTSD symptoms.

     
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  • PTSD and Drinking: How Best to Treat Both?

    PTSD and Drinking: How Best to Treat Both?

    Now, researchers at San Diego’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital are launching a five-year study to see if the strongest PTSD therapy can be used on heavy drinkers at the same time as helping them ease their grip on the bottle.

     
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  • For Veterans with PTSD, videoconferencing proves effective for delivering therapy

    For Veterans with PTSD, videoconferencing proves effective for delivering therapy

    Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System who compared conventional in-person psychotherapy to therapy delivered through videoconferencing found that the video method worked just as well for treating posttraumatic stress disorder in Veterans.

     
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  • PTSD Research Reaches Older Veterans

    With the nation increasingly aware of post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, some researchers are asking whether more attention should be paid to others. These include Vietnam War veterans, according to a new study reported at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

     
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