PTSD http://kplu.org en When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD http://kplu.org/post/when-bomb-goes-during-your-study-trauma-new-uw-findings-ptsd <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159175864&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When a traumatic event happens, some people find ways to cope while others get caught in the grip of post-traumatic stress&nbsp;disorder. A new study led by a Seattle researcher and enabled by an unexpected disaster suggests a way we might be able to predict who’s most likely to struggle.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17794 at http://kplu.org When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment http://kplu.org/post/ptsd-patients-better-outcomes-less-money-if-they-get-choose-treatment <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151918202&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Letting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder choose how they want to be treated can produce better outcomes for less money, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24717377">according to a new study</a> co-written by a University of Washington psychologist.</p><p>Treating someone with PTSD often comes down to a question of whether they get counseling or pharmaceuticals. The new study offers some evidence about which one works better, but even stronger evidence that letting the patient make the choice produces the best outcomes for the least cost.</p><p>Prof. Lori Zoellner, director of UW’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said letting patients decide helps them get the treatment best suited for them, and also increases their buy-in to whichever option they go with.</p><p>"You're probably more likely to take your medication regularly, to attend your psychiatrist visits more regularly. And in psychotherapy, you may also be more likely to do the homework," she said.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:17:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16873 at http://kplu.org For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment Living with PTSD: 'It’s amazing what a white dog can do' http://kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-it-s-amazing-what-white-dog-can-do <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor’s Note: This is the last installment in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans. Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago. The previous two parts are posted online (<a href="http://http://www.kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-i-completely-lose-control">read part 1 </a>/ <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-i-can-t-hardly-remember-life-without-him">read part 2</a>).</em></p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 8950 at http://kplu.org Living with PTSD: 'It’s amazing what a white dog can do' Living with PTSD: 'I can’t hardly remember life without him' http://kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-i-can-t-hardly-remember-life-without-him <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-i-completely-lose-control">first installment</a> ran on Friday, and the last story will follow on Sunday.</em></p><p>A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Dan Sperry came home with headaches, panic attacks, and flashbacks of the war.</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 8949 at http://kplu.org Living with PTSD: 'I can’t hardly remember life without him' Living with PTSD: 'I completely lose control' http://kplu.org/post/living-ptsd-i-completely-lose-control <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The next two parts will run on Saturday and Sunday.</em></p><p>Dan Sperry sits in the backyard of his home in Meridian, Idaho, sipping lemonade. But he doesn’t sit very long; Sperry is constantly on the move. He fidgets. And he might suddenly spring up form his chair and disappear into the house.</p><p>“I just stay home. I avoid society all together, which now I’ve gotten to a point where I hardly even return phone calls. I don’t go out. I don’t go anywhere by myself,” he said.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 8948 at http://kplu.org Living with PTSD: 'I completely lose control' Seattle's veterans treatment court sees its first 2 grads http://kplu.org/post/seattles-veterans-treatment-court-sees-its-first-2-grads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Vietnam veterans are celebrating a milestone in Seattle today: They’re the first graduates of a special treatment court set up for veterans.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:59:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 8264 at http://kplu.org Combat vet with PTSD booted from Army, barred from healthcare http://kplu.org/post/combat-vet-ptsd-booted-army-barred-healthcare SALEM, Ore. – In Salem , a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone.<p>Jarrid Starks joined the Army right out of high school with dreams of a 20-year career. He left the Army earlier this year in disgrace. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:34:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5957 at http://kplu.org Combat vet with PTSD booted from Army, barred from healthcare Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis http://kplu.org/post/two-years-later-former-soldier-vindicated-ptsd-diagnosis LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Washington Senator Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.<p>Richard Kellar has entered year six of his fight to regain his life after getting blown up in Iraq. Doctors had to re-attach his nose. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then there are the emotional wounds of war. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:44:10 +0000 5477 at http://kplu.org Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs http://kplu.org/post/army-investigating-madigan-memo-ptsd-costs <p>The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:33:31 +0000 The Associated Press 4077 at http://kplu.org More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help http://kplu.org/post/more-lewis-mcchord-soldiers-seeking-mental-help <p>Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they&#39;re making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:07:23 +0000 The Associated Press 1959 at http://kplu.org More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help