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PTSD Awareness Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after experiencing a traumatic experience and affects 8% of the population, according to the National Center for PTSD. PTSD used to be discussed mostly in the context of war veterans; however, more information and awareness has been brought to light in recent years that demonstrates PTSD can happen to anyone who experiences trauma. PTSD involves an array of symptoms and every individual experience and reaction to that trauma can be different. While military combat can be one of the precipitants of PTSD, there are many traumatic experiences that can cause PTSD. These causes may include: near death experiences, violent personal assaults, sexual abuse, being held hostage, experiencing a natural disaster, terrorist attacks, witnessing death,…

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Neurofeedback: A Promising Alternative Therapy For PTSD

By Dr. Adi Jaffe

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This weekend I was reading a gripping story in New York Times Magazine about Sam Siatta, an Afghanistan War veteran, and his harrowing struggle with addiction and his involvement in the criminal justice system when I stopped mid-sentence. After going into an inpatient rehab program at a V.A. hospital and being diagnosed with depression, alcohol addiction, and PTSD, he’d been given a prescription for Xanax to help with his PTSD. Knowing that it has been proven that drugs like Xanax do nothing to help PTSD and can even make it worse, I was shocked (Bostwick et al., 2012). In fact, The U.S. Army Medical Command put out a monster of a memo years ago stating that benzodiazepines like Xanax carry…

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