Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD and the Military
Friday, May 16, 2014
Recorded May 16, 2014
Following trauma, most people experience stress reactions but many do not develop PTSD. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. However, if stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, help should be sought to determine if PTSD is a factor.
As a lead-in to PTSD Awareness Month in June, PTSD and options for treatment will be explored.
Answers to questions raised during the webinar will be posted here when available.
Shannon E. McCaslin, PhD, is a Health Science Specialist at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. McCaslin's research interests include the elucidation of risk and resilience factors for chronic PTSD in military Veterans and emergency service workers; the development and testing of PTSD interventions; and community partnerships to support recovery. She is particularly interested in addressing the impact of PTSD and associated conditions on overall quality of life. Her current projects include a study of the relationship of PTSD to social, occupational, and physical health in Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the intent of identifying additional factors important in treatment and recovery; an examination of the impact of co-morbid pain and PTSD, using an fMRI paradigm; and a collaborative project with investigators at Travis Air Force Base of a brief intervention for acute anxiety in soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.