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“Warrior Transition” and some PTSD notes

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The Navy’s combat stress video was part of its “Warrior Transition” process for troops returning to the US from the Iraq theater. In February 2006, tired but relieved marines from 1/2 Charlie Company slouched on plywood benches watching the image of a robotic American naval psychiatrist—she probably doesn’t do a whole lot of on-camera work, to be fair—describe what the men had just lived and were trying to forget.

Also part of the redeployment program: an extended and far more energetic reenlistment session that featured animated testimonials from junior and senior marines who had committed to reupping for another hitch in the Corps.

Various studies have estimated a post-traumatic stress disorder rate of between 10-18% for US troops returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and the US political-military enterprise in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom. (The prevalence of PTSD among reservists and members of the National Guard rates is higher.) But none of these studies presents a comprehensive picture of the condition. So much is still unknown. (The Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD is a clearing house for studies and PTSD info.)

Regarding Iraqis, who are not normally regarded substantively in our media accounts, the situation is undoubtedly worse. Michael Reschen, an MD of general medicine in the UK, wrote way back in 2006 that it “seems likely that the nation of
 Iraq may suffer a double blow, firstly by losing a sizeable proportion of
 its working population and secondly by the significant consequences of 
people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. This may also be 
compounded by cultural barriers which prevent people from seeking
 psychological help.” (To access the article at the British Medical Journal, you must give them serious £. This quote come from a response Reschen wrote to another MD commenting on his original BMJ article.)

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Here’s the combat stress video:


Written by bxpnyc

2011/12/21 at 10:16

Posted in Uncategorized

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