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PTSD by a GA Dept Vet Affairs

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade

Veterans are amongst the most likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the nature of their work. In fact, it is believed that as many as 30% of Vietnam war veterans veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. This is due to the trauma which many veterans witness while serving their country. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, night terrors, anxiety attacks and extreme guilt. Fortunately, there are a range of treatment available to those who seek help.
If you believe you or a veteran you know is suffering from PTSD as a result of their service, this guide has information on how to spot the symptoms and how to get the treatment for this mental illness.


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Combat Trauma By Frederick W. Nolen, Ph.D.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

Doctor: Injection can 'cure' PTSD in veterans


Wounded Times

Dstress Line


Mental Health America

Emotional Freedom Technique ( EFT )

Heal My PTSD

Researching the Effectivity of Emotional Freedom Technique On Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma

Returning from the War Zone Guides

Iraq Never Leaves Us-- pps

Make The Connection

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)Page

Homeless Veterans Page

National PTSD Awareness Day

The Elephant in the Room by Dr. Samuel Arnold

New Ruling on PTSD from the Federal Register

A Disparate Impact on Female Veterans

Advanced Technology Showing How PTSD Alters Brain Function

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Fearless Nation

From War Zones to Jail

Real Warriors, Real Battles

Secondary PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Shinseki Letter On Blue Water Navy and PTSD


Traumatic Grief: Symptomatology and Treatment for the Iraq War Veteran

If You Had Malaria In Vietnam, Then You Need To Read This

About Medications For Combat PTSD

12 Step Program for PTSD

Becks Depression Scale

Behavior of Some

C & P examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams

Claims for Service Connection for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder M21

CAPS Trauma Assessment Checklist

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Healing Combat Trauma

Help Guide

Help For My Life

HHS, Department of Defense Sign Agreement To Increase Mental Health Services Available to Returning Military Service Members

Holistic Self-Care for Post Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity by Dr. Cindee Grace

Joint Services Records Research Center

Many Links On Trauma and PTSD


Monthly Mood Chart

Natural Health and Meditation Resource Pages

Open Forest Self Help Guide

Psychometric properties of PTSD Checklist (PCL)


PTSD Combat

PTSD & Domestic Violence

PTSD and Early-Age Heart Disease

PTSD Manual

PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers


Stressor Verification (powerpoint)

Study Finds Dementia Link


FOR THE LOVE OF JACK; A Book On PTSD Presented by Kathie Costos

Class Action Filed Challenging Governments Mistreatment of Returning Veterans Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Helping a family member who has PTSD

Her War 2

PTSD victims no longer need to prove trauma


Self Test for PTSD

Self Test 2

The Army's Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/MTBI) Chain Teaching Program

Tools for Coping with Life's Stressors

Women, Trauma and PTSD

Veterans and Addiction

Links to Information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Acute Traumatic Stress Management


The below 10 links is how PTSD use to be measured. VA is now using the DSM-5 manual.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS)

Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale

Impact of Events Scale

Los Angeles Symptom Checklist (LASC)

Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD

Penn Inventory for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Symptom Scale - Interview (PSS-I)

Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale (PDS)

Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID PTSD Module)

Structured Interview for PTSD (SI-PTSD)

The PTSD Book


PTSD 101

PTSD and Relationships

PTSD and TBI Research

Buddy Statements

Concussion Raises PTSD Risk for Iraq Vets

Deployment Checklist-Tips for Military Spouses

Getting Help


Homecoming Preparedness Guide

Joint Services Records Research Center (JSRRC)

Marine Parents

Mental Health PDF

Mental Health Program Guidelines

Mental Health Self-Assessment Program

Military Spouses for Change

Most PTSD Treatments Not Proven Effective

Nam Guardian Angel

PTSD and Veterans

PTSD Lawyers for Veterans

Study Links Asthma With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Suicide Helplines

Suicide Helplines VA

Suicide The Forever Desision

Surviving the "Killer Instinct"

Symptoms Of PTSD

Tips For Families Of Returning Troops

Tips for Returning Military Members

Treatment of PTSD

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

VA Seeks To Enhance Mental Health Services

VA Suicide Info

Veterans Law Project

What Every Veterans Family and Friends Need to Know about Post-Traumatic Stress and PTSD

What Is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is among only a few mental disorders that are triggered by a disturbing outside event, quite unlike other psychiatric disorders such as depression

Many Americans experience individual traumatic events ranging from car and airplane accidents to sexual assault and domestic violence. Other experiences, including those associated with natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, affect multiple people simultaneously. Dramatic and tragic events, like the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and wars occur, and with media exposure such as we have today, even people not directly involved might be affected. Simply put, PTSD is a state in which you "can't stop remembering."

In 1 out of 10 Americans, the traumatic event causes a cascade of psychological and biological changes known as post-traumatic stress disorder. Wars throughout the ages often triggered what some people called "shell shock," in which returning soldiers were unable to adapt to life after war. Although each successive war brings about renewed attention on this syndrome, it wasn't until the Vietnam War that PTSD was first identified and given this name. Now, mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and other health care professionals can attempt to understand people’s response to these traumatic events and help them recover from the impact of the trauma. 

Although the disorder must be diagnosed by a mental health professional, symptoms of PTSD are clearly defined. To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must have been in a situation in which you were afraid for your safety or your life, or you must have experienced something that made you feel fear, helplessness, or horror.

The worse the trauma, the more likely a person will develop PTSD, and the worse the symptoms. The most severely affected are unable to work, have trouble with relationships, and have great difficulty parenting their children.

Research has shown that PTSD changes the biology of the brain. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) scans show changes in the way memories are stored in the brain. PTSD is an environmental shock that changes your brain, and scientists do not know if it is reversible.

  • In the United States, 60% of men and 50% of women experience a traumatic event during their lifetimes. Of those, 8% of men and 20% of women may develop PTSD. A higher proportion of people who are raped develop PTSD than those who suffer any other traumatic event. Because women are much more likely to be raped than men (9% versus less than 1%), this helps explain the higher prevalence of PTSD in women than men.

  • Some 88% of men and 79% of women with PTSD also have another psychiatric disorder. Nearly half suffer from major depression, 16% from anxiety disorders, and 28% from social phobia. They also are more likely to have risky health behaviors such as alcohol abuse, which affects 52% of men with PTSD and 28% of women, while drug abuse is seen in 35% of men and 27% of women with PTSD.

  • More than half of all Vietnam veterans, about 1.7 million, have experienced symptoms of PTSD. Although 60% of war veterans with PTSD have had serious medical problems, only 6% of them have a problem due to injury in combat. 

  • African Americans, when they are exposed to trauma, are more likely to develop PTSD than whites.

  • People who are exposed to the most intense trauma are the most likely to develop PTSD. The higher the degree of exposure to trauma, the more likely you are to develop PTSD. So, if something happens to you more than once or if something occurs to you over a very long period of time, the likelihood of developing PTSD is increased.

  • Sometimes, people who have heart attacks or cancer develop PTSD. 

  • Refugees (eg, people who have been through war conditions in their native country or fled from conflict) may develop PTSD and often go years without treatment.

  • New mothers may develop PTSD after an unusually difficult delivery during childbirth. Also, patients who regain partial consciousness during surgery under general anesthesia may be at risk for developing PTSD.

American Combat Veterans of War

American Psychiatric Association

Anxiety Disorders

Association of VA Psychologist Leaders

Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Compensation and Pension Examinations

Before you go for a Compensation & Pension Exam
(C&P Exam) at a VAMC you should review what the exam
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C&P Exams, Index to Disability Examination Worksheets

Complex PTSD

Connecticut Blue Star Mothers page

Cybersarges Page On PTSD

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Facts About PTSD

Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information

Healing Those Who Serve

How Does PTSD Affect Families

How To File A Claim for PTSD

Less Than Half of Soldiers With Mental Health Problems Seek Treatment

Mental Health Self-Assessment For Service Members and Their Families. (This is for Veterans and Active Duty)

Military News On PTSD

My Take on PTSD

Nam Vet on PTSD


National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Patience Mason's Pages On PTSD

Policies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Help by Gary Chenett

PTSD Combat:Winning The War Within

PTSD for Spouses

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Symptoms, Types and Treatment

PTSD and Chronic Severe Pain in Psychiatric Outpatients


PTSD Screening Tools

PTSD Support

Report From Science Magazine

Special Topics

Traumatic Stress Syndrome

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

VA Forms for Compensation

Vietnow on PTSD

This Yahoo Group is for all family members of veterans and the now serving to find information on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and ANY OTHER PROBLEMS our Military face.
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