PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
4:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

For PTSD Patients, Better Outcomes For Less Money If They Get To Choose Treatment

Patients given teh choice of pharmaceuticals or psychotherapy did better than those who were assigned treament.
Derek Gunnlaugson Flickr

Letting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder choose how they want to be treated can produce better outcomes for less money, according to a new study co-written by a University of Washington psychologist.

Treating someone with PTSD often comes down to a question of whether they get counseling or pharmaceuticals. The new study offers some evidence about which one works better, but even stronger evidence that letting the patient make the choice produces the best outcomes for the least cost.

Prof. Lori Zoellner, director of UW’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said letting patients decide helps them get the treatment best suited for them, and also increases their buy-in to whichever option they go with.

"You're probably more likely to take your medication regularly, to attend your psychiatrist visits more regularly. And in psychotherapy, you may also be more likely to do the homework," she said.

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Veterans and PTSD
6:01 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Living with PTSD: 'It’s amazing what a white dog can do'

Dan Sperry and Awescar are seen driving.

Editor’s Note: This is the last installment in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans. Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago. The previous two parts are posted online (read part 1 / read part 2).

In the three years since Awescar entered Dan Sperry’s life, a lot has changed.

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Veterans and PTSD
6:01 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Living with PTSD: 'I can’t hardly remember life without him'

Dan Sperry is seen playing with his service dog, Awescar.

Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans. Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago. The first installment ran on Friday, and the last story will follow on Sunday.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Dan Sperry came home with headaches, panic attacks, and flashbacks of the war.

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Veterans and PTSD
8:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Living with PTSD: 'I completely lose control'

This photo shows Angie and Dan Sperry.

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a three-part series exploring the benefits of service dogs for combat veterans. Reporter Samantha Wright began working on this series three years ago. The next two parts will run on Saturday and Sunday.

Dan Sperry sits in the backyard of his home in Meridian, Idaho, sipping lemonade. But he doesn’t sit very long; Sperry is constantly on the move. He fidgets. And he might suddenly spring up form his chair and disappear into the house.

“I just stay home. I avoid society all together, which now I’ve gotten to a point where I hardly even return phone calls. I don’t go out. I don’t go anywhere by myself,” he said.

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Law
2:59 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Seattle's veterans treatment court sees its first 2 grads

Two Vietnam veterans are celebrating a milestone in Seattle today: They’re the first graduates of a special treatment court set up for veterans.

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The Impact of War
8:34 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Combat vet with PTSD booted from Army, barred from healthcare

Army veteran Jarrid Starks, with his medications to treat PTSD and a hat that reads “Warning this vet is medicated for your protection.’” Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 2:09 pm

SALEM, Ore. – In Salem , a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone.

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The Impact of War
5:44 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis

Former Army SSG Richard Kellar was recently re-assessed for PTSD. The Result was a positive diagnosis. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:52 pm

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Washington Senator Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.

Richard Kellar has entered year six of his fight to regain his life after getting blown up in Iraq. Doctors had to re-attach his nose. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then there are the emotional wounds of war. Flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia.

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Investigation
9:33 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs

The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.

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Military service
8:07 am
Mon June 27, 2011

More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help

Post-traumatic stress diagnoses and prescriptions for common antidepressants are on the rise at Madigan Army Medical Center.
United States Marine Corps

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they're making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.

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