Can’t Sleep? Is It Insomnia or Something Else?

(DGIwire) – Tossing and turning under the covers at night is no fun for anybody. But when a person experiences an extended bout of insomnia or poor sleep quality, there may be something more to the problem. This issue may be especially pressing for veterans. Sleep problems—in particular poor sleep quality and nightmares—are frequently some […]

The U.S. Military Takes a Positive Step to Address Post-Traumatic Stress

(DGIwire) – The U.S. military is ramping up its efforts to address one of the most serious health issues impacting veterans: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New […]

What It’s Like to Have PTSD…in the Movies

(DGIwire) – What do Hurt Locker, American Sniper and Goodbye Christopher Robin have in common? All three movies involve posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military men as one of their themes. Hurt Locker follows the day-to-day travails of three soldiers in an explosive ordnance detachment in Iraq; American Sniper, based on a real-life American sharpshooter […]

For Treasure State Veterans With PTSD, an Attempt to Improve Care

(DGIwire) – Montana, known as “the Treasure State,” claims more veterans per capita than nearly all other states, as well as the highest rate of veteran suicides in the nation, according to the Missoula Current. According to a VA report released in 2017, the suicide rate among Montana veterans is nearly double the national average. […]

4 Simple Ways to Help Veterans With PTSD

(DGIwire) – For many veterans, the most difficult battles take place after they come home. For some, brain injuries or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make the return to civilian life a struggle. There are several simple measures that friends and family members can take to make a difference in the lives of those who […]

On the Waves and Before Bed, Various Ways Veterans May Address PTSD

(DGIwire) – The thrilling crest of an ocean wave may be more than a delight for long-time surfers: it could be therapeutic for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the one of the premises that lay behind the founding of Operation Surf, a group dedicated to teaching military veterans the sport. As […]

Bringing Military Veterans’ Stress to the Big Screen and the Search for Better Treatment Options

(DGIwire) – Military service members—including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—are often silent about their experiences when they get back home. An American film released in October 2017, Thank You For Your Service, aimed to give them a voice. As reported by CNN, the drama is based on the book of the same name by […]

PTSD During the Holidays: A Challenge for Veterans

(DGIwire) – Millions of Americans suffer winter doldrums. Add posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the mix and the “season to be jolly” can become a living nightmare. Among those facing this issue are military veterans; between 11 to 20 percent of those who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a […]

PTSD Through the Centuries: An Evolving Diagnosis

(DGIwire) – Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Accounts of what doctors now call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) date back centuries. Research about veterans returning from combat has been critical to the establishment of the diagnosis—so the history of what is now known as PTSD often references the […]

PTSD: 11 Facts to Know

(DGIwire) – With approximately eight million adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s important to know some facts. Here are 11 of them compiled by the VA’s National Center for PTSD. Just because someone experiences a traumatic event does not mean they have PTSD. To know […]

PTSD: Is It Different for the Military?

(DGIwire) – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, according to the National Center for PTSD, a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The National Center for PTSD also notes that about seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point […]

Sleep and Emotional Trauma: The PTSD Connection

(DGIwire) – To what extent does sleep help people process stress and trauma? A recent study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich set out to address this question. As reported by PsychCentral, the investigators discovered that sleep—especially during the first 24 hours after a trauma—appears to play a key […]

How to Recognize and Help Someone With PTSD

(DGIwire) – Recognizing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a friend or family member is the first step toward getting them the treatment they need. Knowing about the range of available options for care is the next vital step after that. Here are a few important questions and answers to keep in mind […]

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