Psychiatric Times Vol 28 No 7

Addressing Postdeployment Needs

July 15, 2011

Although we would all like to believe otherwise, war is not over when a service member returns home. For many, returning home may be where the harder battles begin. Intensive training prepares troops for warfare, but what training do they have to readjust when they return home?

Resources for Veterans

July 15, 2011

The VA provides the largest network of care facilities in the world, specifically aimed at our nation’s veterans. The DoD is another large provider of resources for this cohort. Military One Source offers 24/7 assistance for troops, families, and veterans.

Returning Veterans With Addictions

July 15, 2011

Members of the military returning from combat operations have high rates of substance abuse. They also often exhibit a co-occurring triad of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and pain, which complicates the problems with substance abuse.

The Long War Comes Home

July 14, 2011

Most military families successfully adapt to a service member's deployments for military duties. Nevertheless, almost a decade of wartime stress associated with the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has presented unprecedented challenges for military families.

Introduction: Serving Those Who Serve

July 14, 2011

This Special Report aims to address those symptoms and syndromes most commonly seen by clinicians who treat service members. The 5 articles of the Special Report cover the most challenging aspects of their care, and the authors hope to expand the reader’s understanding of the recent conflicts’ tragic consequences.

Unhinged: The Trouble With Psychiatry-A Doctor’s Revelations About a Profession in Crisis

July 07, 2011

Unhinged is one of many books published in the past few years critical of psychiatry. A book of scandals and debates, and a polemic of sorts-a “trahison des clercs”-rather than an intellectual discussion about psychiatry. Therein lies the trouble with psychiatry.

Death Anxiety and Health Reform

July 06, 2011

The United States has often been characterized as a nation of hypochondriacs. This is patently not true but TV bombardment by pharmaceutical advertisements stirs anxiety and illness fears in the many worried well in our midst.

Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder

July 06, 2011

Treatment resistance in bipolar disorder is clinically familiar but lacks a standard definition. Numerous evidence-based treatments exist for all phases of bipolar disorder, and these should be optimized and fully explored.

A Good Death

July 05, 2011

There are bad deaths and there are good deaths. Sometimes we can do nothing to affect which of these outcomes will occur, and other times there are variables that we can control.