Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Voices - Posttraumatic Stress - Is It a Disorder or Injury?

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, Greg Jaffe wrote an article in the Washington Post titled, Psychiatrists Seek New Name, and Less Stigma, for PTSD: Proposal Would Define PTSD as an Injury. This article sketches the current debate about whether the name posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be changed to posttraumatic stress injury—a change in which the word “disorder” would be replaced by “injury”. Infused partly by Army leadership, this call for change has stirred various questions including whether the name change would really reduce stigma and how it would impact the legitimacy of the condition in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and in health insurance and federal disability claims.

July 27, 2012: CDP News

It's Friday again and that means it's time for the weekly CDP Announcements.

We unveiled a couple of new of locations this week for our University Counseling Center Core Competency (UC4) program this week.  We'll be holding events in both Columbus, OH at Ohio State University and in Lexington, KY at the University of Kentucky on August 8th. Don't forget about the previously announced event on Tuesday, July 31, in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University

July 26, 2012: Research Update

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:

• Military Wives’ Transition and Coping: Deployment and the Return Home.
• PTSD and depression as predictors of physical health-related quality of life in tobaccodependent veterans.

Staff Voices - Chronic Pain and PTSD in the Military

Former Army Captain Darisse Smith was deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006 as a Kiowa helicopter pilot. “I lived in pain the entire time that I was deployed,” Smith said in a blog she created about her experiences. “My lower back was hurting, mostly due to the vibrations of the aircraft I was flying and inadequate seating.” Smith ended up with four back surgeries, followed by a spinal cord stimulator implant.