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Veterans Administration – Veteran Suicide Statistics

  • “After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults. After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men. After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.”
  • See the following link. Veteran Suicide Statistics

Scientific America – PTSD: The Futile Search for the “Quick Fix”

  • “The sad truth, however, is that current short-term treatments are not the solution for most patients with PTSD. Trial criteria often exclude those with comorbid disorders, multiple traumas, complex PTSD, and suicidal ideation, among others. Even when they are included, comorbid patients drop out of treatment studies at a much higher rate than those with simple PTSD, a problem that has implications for clinical practice.”
  • Please see the following link. PTSD: The Futile Search for the “Quick Fix”

Psychiatric Times – Treatment-Resistant PTSD

  • “Only 2 medications have FDA indications for PTSD: paroxetine and sertraline. Some treatment guidelines recommend these or other antidepressants, including fluoxetine and venlafaxine, as equivalently first choice with focused CBT.9 Others regard focused CBT as having better evidence and suggest antidepressants only when therapy has failed or is not available, or in cases of severe depression.5,9 This reflects a number of negative randomized clinical trials (RCTs) with SSRIs, and small-to-moderate effect sizes relative to TF-CBT.”
  • Please see the following link. Treatment-Resistant PTSD

Berkeley University News  – Nature is proving to be awesome medicine for PTSD

  • “Indeed, a week after river-rafting, study cohorts reported, on average, a 29 percent reduction in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, a 21 percent decrease in general stress, a 10 percent improvement in social relationships, a 9 percent improvement in life satisfaction and an 8 percent increase in happiness.”
  • Please see the following link. Nature is proving to be awesome medicine for PTSD

Stat News  – This drug has been used to treat PTSD symptoms. What happens when it fails a trial?

  • “Thousands of people with post-traumatic stress disorder have taken the drug prazosin to ease the nightmares and disturbances that stalk their sleep. He estimated that 15 percent to 20 percent of veterans in the VA system with PTSD are currently prescribed prazosin, and said he did not expect that to change.”
  • Please see the following link. Stat News  – This drug has been used to treat PTSD symptoms

REI  – Can Hiking Help Heal Veterans with PTSD?

  • “After participating in/completing the program, he said some of the veterans with PTSD, anxiety or depression noticed improvements in self-confidence, diminished reliance on medications and alcohol, and the benefit of having someone with a similar background to talk to.”
    Please see the following link. REI – Can Hiking Help Heal Veterans with PTSD?

AM College – How To Treat PTSD Naturally

  • “yoga, meditation and massage can help anyone reduce stress and anxiety and improve mental and physical wellbeing, so it’s no surprise research has shown the positive impact of those practices on patients suffering from PTSD. A study showed that yoga, for example, reduced stress, improved quality of life factors and improved the mental wellbeing of veterans suffering from combat-induced anxiety.”
    Please see the following link. AM College – How To Treat PTSD Naturally