WBEZ | PTSD http://www.wbez.org/tags/ptsd Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A wrap-up of primary day and what each party plans to do to ensure its candidates win in November. We&#39;ll also examine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in civilians. And, a critical look at recent film and TV portrayals of Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-chicago-on-the-silver-screen-and-the" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The winners and losers of primary day in Illinois" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-19/winners-and-losers-primary-day-illinois-109886 Emergency dispatchers face higher risk of PTSD http://www.wbez.org/story/emergency-dispatchers-face-higher-risk-ptsd-97699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-28/RS4384_AP090327026010 (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New research shows that 911 operators are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Dispatchers may not be in physical danger when they encounter a crisis over the phone or radio, but they still experience trauma, according to Heather Pierce, a former 911 dispatcher and a research associate at Northern Illinois University.</p><p>Pierce and NIU psychology professor Michelle Lilly surveyed 171 emergency dispatchers. Pierce says the study shows the worst calls are those involving children, or suicides.</p><p>“If someone is saying that they want to commit suicide you’re trying to develop a rapport with them,” she says. “Some of the telecommunicators talked about developing that rapport and then the person goes ahead and hangs up and commits suicide, and how difficult that was.”</p><p>Researchers found that the dispatchers face a moderate increase in the risk for PTSD. Pierce says that puts them in the same league as the police and firefighters who respond in person to a crisis.</p><p>The group sampled was mostly white and female. The findings are published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emergency-dispatchers-face-higher-risk-ptsd-97699 Veterans to Army: Quit deploying mentally ill GIs http://www.wbez.org/story/veterans-army-quit-deploying-mentally-ill-gis-87176 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-27/Fort_Hood.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Memorial Day is a time to honor fallen military members, but some Chicago-area veterans will try to draw attention to soldiers on active duty.<br> <br> A Monday morning ceremony downtown will focus on Fort Hood, a huge Army base in Texas. It’s been reported that 22 soldiers committed suicide there last year and another 5 this year.<br> <br> Former Navy machinist’s mate David Van Dam, 23, said the military is sending too many GIs into combat despite serious mental injuries, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, traumatic brain injury and military-sexual trauma.<br> <br> “They could be diagnosed by a medical professional and still be sent to a war zone multiple times,” said Van Dam, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, which is demanding a tripling of mental health professionals at Fort Hood.<br> <br> A statement from the base says Fort Hood already provides aggressive behavioral-health treatment. The statement says the staffing for those services has increased more than 35 percent over the last two years.<br> <br> The ceremony’s sponsors include IVAW, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.</p></p> Mon, 30 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/veterans-army-quit-deploying-mentally-ill-gis-87176 New drug could prevent PTSD http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/new-drug-could-prevent-ptsd <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/veterans.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-06/veterans.jpg" alt="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">About 7.7 million Americans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which is caused from exposure to a traumatic emotional or physical event. Much is still unknown about PTSD, but it can last a lifetime and is notoriously hard to treat. However, new findings out of Northwestern University might bring us one step closer to stopping the disorder in its tracks.</p><p>&ldquo;These obstacles motivated us to design this experiment and try to intervene,&rdquo; said Jelena Radulovic, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Dunbar Scholar at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Radulovic headed a study that has pinpointed where PTSD occurs in the brain and has come up with a way to prevent it from developing in the first place.</p><p>Using an animal model, Radulovic&rsquo;s team replicated the disorder in mice by creating stressful events that triggered chronic &ldquo;exaggerated fear responses.&rdquo; When traumatized mice were exposed to the place of initial trauma, they would freeze up 80-90% of the time. When the researchers injected a cocktail of calming drugs into the brains of these mice within five hours of the stressful event, their reactions were more like normal fear responses&mdash;they froze up only 50% of the time.The calming drug cocktail prevented PTSD&nbsp;from occurring in traumatized mice.</p><p>What does this mean for humans? Radulovic first hopes to test whether these findings are applicable for both genders, different strains of mice and using different types of stressors. Only then can they try to collaborate with clinicians to prevent the occurrence of the disorder.</p><p>Dr. Joseph Yount, clinical psychologist and coordinator of the PTSD Clinic at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, remains skeptical about these findings. Yount uses evidence-based therapies that encourage patients to examine their own thinking. He points out that using these therapies, &ldquo;we&rsquo;re not treating trauma, we&rsquo;re treating post traumatic stress disorder.&rdquo;</p><p>Yount is not opposed to the idea of a medication that could potentially eradicate PTSD, so long as it&rsquo;s used in conjunction with other options. &ldquo;If this idea turns out to be really helpful then it will be a great addition to talking therapies and self growth,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I always have to defend my own experience against someone who wants to sweep that away with a magic pill.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 11:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/new-drug-could-prevent-ptsd