Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PTSD Influences Changes in APA's Manual; List of PTSD Resources; 300 Vet Centers For Combat Veterans; Women Warriors In The News; NYPD Officer Cheats Death

"The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed upon him."---Sun Tzu

The American Psychiatric Association's Revising Manual Because Of Recent PTSD Cases

The American Psychiatric Association will be revising their manual regarding PTSD. The revision will include symptoms of persistent and reoccurring guilt or shame. It is estimated that approximately 20% of returning veterans suffer from PTSD. To date, the VA has treated over 200,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Those revising the manual (currently in its 6th edition) report of evidence showing PTSD is also characterized by distorted feelings of self-blame. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC say the new criteria for PTSD can reduce the stigma about seeking help. In addition, doctors and therapists will be able to better diagnose veterans with PTSD. "The more symptoms that we can list that really capture the post-traumatic state---the one that really causes a lot of difficulty in readjustment---the better off we are," said Rachel Yehuda of Mt. Sinai. (USA TODAY and APA).

PTSD Resources

Below is a list of PTSD Resources and Links:

Vet Centers For Combat Veterans

Did you know one of the best programs offered by the VA are the Vet Centers for Combat Veterans.? To date, there are 300 of these Vet Centers throughout the country. As of 2010, almost 200,000 veterans and their families were served by this program. To get additional information, contact your nearest VA center or visit:

Women Warriors In The News

Above is a photo of Major Caroline Jensen. She's an Iraq War veteran, and she was chosen to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds. I thought you should know.

First African-American Female General

Major General Marica Anderson became the first African-American female Major General in the United States Army. I thought you should know.

NYPD Officer Thomas Richards Cheats Death

Call NYPD Officer Thomas Richards one lucky cop. Earlier this week, he was shot at by a suspected drug dealer on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Officer Richards and his partner Officer Dunne spotted the thug making an abrupt U turn after he spotted the officers. After they got out of their van and approached the perp's vehicle, the drug dealer took several shots at the officers. The officers returned fire as they chased him down the street. One of the thug's 9mm rounds struck Officer Richards on his belt and was stopped by the officer's extra ammunition clip. The drug dealer was hit in the leg. He was eventually tracked down by an NYPD K-9 unit and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Commissioner Ray Kelly said if the bullet had hit Richards just one inch higher, it would have entered his abdomen. Referring to Officer Richards, an NYPD souce said, "This incident has caused him to start smoking again."

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