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Lawyer Has 'Emotional' Talk With Accused Afghan Killer

John Henry Browne meets with Robert Bales at Forth Leavenworth

(Newser) - Staff Sgt Robert Bales' new layer met with him at Fort Leavenworth today and described the encounter as "emotional," the BBC reports. "What's going on on the ground in Afghanistan, you read about it, I read about it, but it's totally different when you...

See Something Traumatic? Don't Sleep Right Away

You might lock in those nasty memories: Study

(Newser) - Snoozing after experiencing a traumatic event might forge the negative memories and emotions in the brain, a new study suggests. UMass researchers exposed 100 adults to unsettling images and then allowed half to sleep and kept the other half awake. Twelve hours later, the subjects who stayed up displayed a...

Mt. Rainier Suspect Drowned: Autopsy

Plus, troubling details about suspected gunman Benjamin Colton Barnes

(Newser) - The Iraq war veteran suspected of killing a Mount Rainier ranger died from drowning, with hypothermia contributing to his death, his autopsy concludes. Benjamin Colton Barnes was found "face down, totally in the water" of a creek, wearing just jeans, a T-shirt, and one shoe, according to a sheriff'...

Mt. Rainier Suspect Found Dead
 Mt. Rainier Suspect Found Dead 

Mt. Rainier Suspect Found Dead

Benjamin Barnes likely died of exposure in chest-deep snow

(Newser) - The suspected gunman wanted in the murder of a Mount Rainier park ranger has been found dead, reports King 5 News . Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, was found face down in chest-deep snow, and while there's no official cause of death, the AP notes that it appears likely that he...

Dogs Get Combat Stress, Too
 Dogs Get Combat Stress, Too 

Dogs Get Combat Stress, Too

About 5% may have canine PTSD: New York Times

(Newser) - Post-traumatic stress disorder doesn't affect only humans: About 5% of the military's 650 combat dogs have canine PTSD, reports the New York Times . The diagnosis itself is only about 18 months old and a bit controversial, but military veterinarians are seeing more and more dogs who can no...

5 Bad Habits That Could Save Your Life

Video games, Botox, coffee could all help more than they hurt

(Newser) - Bad habits are admittedly, well ... bad for you, unless you have an ailment that a bad habit might cure. Cracked sums up five:
  • Video Games That Cure PTSD. "No, this isn't taken from some press release from Activision"—it's the result of work by the Department

Pot Prevents PTSD in Rats

 Pot Prevents PTSD in Rats 
study says

Pot Prevents PTSD in Rats

If taken within 24 hours of trauma, rats show no PTSD symptoms: study

(Newser) - Should we start issuing marijuana to soldiers? It might not be the worst idea, based on a new study from Haifa University in Israel, which found that pot could prevent post-traumatic stress disorder in rats—provided it was administered within 24 hours of the trauma occurring. “There is a...

Former Marine Arrested Over Biden Death Threats

Justin Alan Woodward also said he was supposed to assassinate Obama

(Newser) - A former US Marine was arrested Friday after threatening to kill Vice President Joe Biden, authorities say. Justin Alan Woodward was arrested upon his arrival in Hawaii from Thailand, and he admitted to Secret Service agents he had sent messages from Thailand, the AP reports. One expletive-ridden message, sent to...

10K 9/11 Witnesses Grapple With PTSD

45 minutes of treatment can cost $135 to $165

(Newser) - As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 nears, the New York Times takes a look at one of the many groups of Americans still touched by—and suffering from—the experience: those with post-traumatic stress disorder. At least 10,000 witnesses developed PTSD, and many are still grappling with it,...

Mexican Kids Who've Seen Hell Find Little Help in US

Border schools ill-prepared to deal with their trauma

(Newser) - Sift past story after story about the bodies piling up in Mexico and you'll find another tragedy: the trauma the country's violence-weary kids are struggling to cope with—which is seeping its way into ill-prepared US schools. NPR takes a look at a high school in El Paso, one of...

US Military Awash in Deadly Prescription Drugs

Powerful drug cocktails for stress, depression can be deadly

(Newser) - When Senior Airman Anthony Mena was found dead in his apartment, he had eight prescription medications in his blood, including three antidepressants, a sleeping pill, a sedative, and two powerful painkillers—but it was the combination of those drugs that killed him, not his own hand. The US military's medical...

For Returning Troops, an Even Worse Job Reality

They're grappling with 10% employment; non-vets at 9.1%

(Newser) - The job market is obviously bleak—but it's even worse when it comes to troops returning from war. The Washington Post takes a look at the 2 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who spent as much as 10 years, on and off, in desolate war zones, racking...

College Bans Vet for 'Addicted to Killing' Essay

Ex-soldier: Essay was 'therapeutic'

(Newser) - An Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who wrote that he was "addicted to killing" in an essay about his war experiences was banned from campus after his essay was published in his college newspaper. The Community College of Baltimore County told Charles Whittington that his writings "raised red flags,...

Wounded in Myriad Ways, Veterans Still Being Ignored

Op-ed: Story is told in rising suicides and shattered lives

(Newser) - This is how too many of our military veterans are being repaid for their service: In the form of rising suicide and divorces rates, addictions, and domestic violence cases, writes retired Army officer Bob Kinder in the Boston Globe . They're returning from war ill and being deprived of the care...

Playing Tetris After Trauma Cuts Flashbacks

Research could help PTSD sufferers

(Newser) - Playing Tetris probably isn't the first thing most people think of after a traumatic event, but researchers say doing so could reduce the risk of the flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. A group of volunteers who played the shape-stacking computer game after being shown a video of traumatic images...

Getting High on Ecstasy May Help Soldiers' PTSD

...provided it's taken during therapy sessions

(Newser) - The federal government has given its blessing to the practice of letting US soldiers get high on ecstasy, all in the name of finding a way to cope with post traumatic stress disorder. One catch: It has to be taken while in therapy sessions. Two researchers—with OKs from the...

What the Iraq War Cost Us
 What the Iraq War Cost Us 
Anne Applebaum

What the Iraq War Cost Us

It's too soon to tell how the war went

(Newser) - Anne Applebaum was an outspoken supporter of the war in Iraq. Yet as Barack Obama prepares to announce the official end of combat operations tomorrow, she has mixed feelings. “Even if violence abates, even if all American troops go home, we have still paid a very high price for...

See Alleged Cabbie Attacker's Videos

Some wonder if he had PTSD himself

(Newser) - Michael Enright filmed a lot of videos, none of which gave the slightest hint that he might be the kind of person accused of brutally attacking a cab driver with a knife. But his YouTube shorts (see them in the gallery) do have an interesting through-line—they all deal with...

Obama: 'Solemn' Duty to Help Vets With PTSD

White House plans to make getting benefits easier

(Newser) - With the military fighting two wars, President Obama said today the country has a "solemn responsibility" to ensure that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder get the help they need. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is to announce new regulations Monday intended to make it easier for veterans with PTSD...

Rules Eased for Vet PTSD Disability

Conservatives wary of $5 billion plan

(Newser) - A new rule will make it easier for American veterans to get disability payments for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD . The $5 billion plan erases the need for warriors to document the specific horror, be it bomb blast or raid, that made them sick. That's especially good news for those...

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