Six months ago the city of Boston and the country was rocked by the bombings at the marathon. Some who were at the finish line in Boston that day refer to it simply as "April 15." This past weekend, numerous first responders returned to the bomb site to pay tribute and share support with others who were there. For many of these individuals, I'm convinced that their emotional injuries have been no less severe than those of the victims who were hospitalized. Even though the rest of us genuinely see these responders as heroes, many of them are haunted by a feeling that they didn't help enough. In the meantime, their invisible wounds too often go unrecognized and unhealed.
Despite the massive electronic health record systems used by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, neither department tracks the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.
Major depression can be challenging to treat, in part because so much depends on what happens after the patient leaves the doctor or therapist's office. Researchers at Northwestern University are
The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a new smartphone app called PTSD Coach to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Developed in partnership with the Department of Defense, the new
The VA has begun a national initiative using data from its EMR to study how well various treatments work for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus