Trained dogs help veterans suffering from PTSD

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    By Steve Wood - (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post
    Posted : Tuesday Nov 13, 2012 9:16:54 EST

    The medals are encased, the uniforms are tucked away.

    Only after returning home to a hero’s welcome, to the residence of all reminiscence while in Iraq or Afghanistan, do many veterans retreat, recoiling from the touch of spouses, the support of fellow soldiers.

    An estimated one in five veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 has or will develop post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression.

    What these service men and women need is a service dog, said Debra Schaser, founder of Canine Hearing Companions in Vineland, N.J.

    “They make them feel more secure to go out,” said Schaser, who has been training service dogs since 1993. “Many of them are afraid to go, and having a dog makes them feel better.”

    Read more @ Trained dogs help veterans suffering from PTSD - Military News | News From Afghanistan, Iraq And Around The World - Military Times

    I think we often fail to realize just how much a canine friend can help one in times of stress.
     
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    nothing like a good dog by your side
     
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    Can a computer treat PTSD?...
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    Almost human: Lab treats trauma with virtual therapy
    26 May 2013 - The University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies is leading the way in creating virtual humans. The result may produce real help for those in need.
     
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    Therapy dogs for PTSD veterans...
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    Effort seeks to match dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD
    May 28, 2013 — At 2 years old, Rogue already knows a foreign language.
     
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    Sounds like a great program, hope it expands. I am sure there are many different treatments that can help with this problem and what works on one may not work on some one else but we need to make sure all possible treatments are readily available.
     
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    not just returning vets but also the war dogs

    Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD

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    For years, PTSD — or post-traumatic stress disorder — has been an issue for military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But humans aren't the only ones with problems. Military dogs returning from war zones are also showing signs of PTSD. And there's evidence that these canines need some extra tender loving care after their tours of duty.


    Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD : NPR
     
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    Video conferencing helps treat PTSD...

    Study: Telemedicine helps treat PTSD in vets
    November 19, 2014: WASHINGTON — Traveling long distances to health clinics presents one of the biggest obstacles to military veterans in rural areas seeking and sticking with therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.
    See also:

    More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option
    November 18, 2014 ~ Every morning, former Air Force senior airman Amy Rising makes breakfast for her second-grader, drives him to school and returns home to prepare what she calls her medicine.
     
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    What is the criteria for a Veteran to be diagnosed with PTSD? Physical injuries or time in combat are apparently not required conditions for a federal diagnosis of PTSD. Grow a beard, develop an addiction, act a little quirky (beat your wife?) and blame it on PTSD and get a pension and time on a reality show. What a Country.
     
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    One must be treated by a certified therapist who will make the determination of PTSD. The big problem is getting an appointment through the VA to see one.

    The other side is to be seen while still on active duty and having that determination made before you are discharged.
     
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