With suicide rates in the U.S. armed forces at record highs, debate is raging about whether changing the name post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) would help reduce stigma. The Dart Center asked three leading clinicians and researchers to weigh in.
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While the debate is focused on the power of naming a disorder, it really represents a far more important set of nuanced issues and assumptions about the nature of psychological responses after surviving catastrophe, brutal deaths, war, sexual assault and other horrific life events. It also represents differing views on how best to achieve needed cultural changes.
We know more about suicide than ever before, says epidemiologist Madelyn Gould. New recommendations tell journalists how to use that knowledge, and a classroom guide tells journalism educators how to teach it.
The impact of war on mental health and the implications of intimate violence are among the top items on the agenda for the 2010 annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).