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  • Therapeutic riding programs help veterans cope with PTSD, study finds

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    In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often are prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks after THR. Results show that therapeutic horseback riding may be a clinically effective intervention for alleviating PTSD symptoms in military veterans.

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  • Blood-pressure drug failed to treat veterans’ PTSD

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    A popular blood-pressure medication prescribed to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder failed to treat PTSD symptoms in military veterans, a new study reports.

    But the study’s lead researcher cautions against abandoning the blood-pressure therapy, which has shown to have enormous success in treating traumatized people.

    The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, concludes there was no difference between the drug Prazosin and a placebo in treating veterans with PTSD.

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  • Most Vets Don’t Know What Mental Health Services VA Offers. So Here You Go

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    Roughly half of all post-9/11 veterans who may need mental health care do not seek it through the Department of Veterans Affairs or in the private sector, according to a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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  • Studies show shortfalls in veterans' mental health care needs

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    WASHINGTON — New research on veterans health out this week suggests that many recently separated servicemembers aren’t getting the mental health care they need.

    The findings from a pair of separate studies amplify concerns from advocates that available resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs aren’t sufficient to help veterans overcome lingering problems from their time in the military and move ahead to successful civilian lives.

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  • Study: Married veterans face greater risk of suicide

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    WASHINGTON – Veterans who are married or in a live-in relationship have a higher risk of suicide than their single counterparts, according to a new study from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of Connecticut.

    Researchers reviewed survey responses from 772 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and found variations in suicide risk based on age, income, marital status and religious beliefs. Being married significantly increased the risk, researchers concluded.

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  • Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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    The executive order calls on the DoD, VA, and DHS to create protocol that enable veteran access to mental healthcare within one year of exiting the services.

    President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life.

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  • Intensive PTSD Treatment for Veterans May Reduce Violence

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    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with violent behavior, particularly among military personnel who have returned from combat. But little is known about whether intensive PTSD treatments might be able to reduce such violent behavior.

    In a new study, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University analyzed the data of more than 35,000 U.S. military veterans who had been treated in specialized intensive Veterans Health Administration (VHA) PTSD programs.

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  • Utah couple's relentless pursuit to end veteran suicide: 'If it's not us — then who?'

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    SALT LAKE CITY — AnnaBelle Bryan knows the therapy is working when she hears the laugh.

    She hears it through the wall separating her office from her husband’s, and she almost always hears it during a veteran’s fifth or sixth session. She knows that in a few short weeks the person laughing will test negative for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    And she’s usually right.

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  • Study To Examine Suicide Risk Factors Among Veterans

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    In collaboration with America’s Warrior Partnership and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, researchers from University of Alabama will conduct a 4-year, $2.9 million study to assess risk factors related to suicide, early mortality and self-harm among military veterans.

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  • What's Killing America's Veterans? Here's What the Data Says

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    This Saturday marks Veterans Day, when Americans pay respect to those who have served in the armed forces. But it also marks an opportunity to highlight the issues most important to military families—and few are quite as significant as the persistent holes in medical care and socioeconomic ills which afflict veterans’ health.

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