Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Dr. Janet Dean

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Tonight’s guest is Dr. Janet Dean

Dr. Janet Dean is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Prior to moving into a faculty role, she worked in a variety of clinical settings, from college counseling to community mental health and forensic assessment.  Her interest in PTSD among veterans began when her own husband served as a Navy chaplain in Iraq in 2005 and has since grown as she has worked with more and more veterans.

Planned topics for discussion:

  • What is PTSD?  What are its symptoms?
  • What is combat/operational stress, and how is it related to PTSD?
  • Some veterans develop PTSD; some don’t.  Who is likely to develop PTSD?
  • What kind of traumatic events do people have to experience for PTSD to develop?
  • How common is PTSD in our veterans?  Why do so many veterans show signs of PTSD?
  • How does experiencing war affect people and their beliefs about the world, others, and themselves?
  • Some veterans are said to have survivor’s guilt?  What is that?
  • Are the high rates of suicide related to PTSD in our veterans? How?
  • How do veterans “come back home” and transition to civilian life?
  • What are some problematic things that veterans do to self-medicate?
  • How does PTSD affect a veteran’s marriage and family?  As a spouse, how do you deal with your loved one’s PTSD?
  • How does PTSD affect a veteran and his/her work/career?
  • How do co-occurring medical issues affect PTSD and the healing process?
  • What are some things that a veteran can do to help him/herself?
  • When should a veteran get help?   How would they know that their symptoms have become a problem?
  • What kind of help is available for veterans struggling with PTSD?
  • Why do so many veterans avoid getting help?
  • We hear stories of veterans who come home and beat their spouses or children or who act out in other violent ways.  Where does this aggression come from?
  • Talk about the similarities and differences between active duty military and reservists and how these might affect stress-related symptoms in them.

Related topics:

Make the Connection / PTSD  (Shared experiences and support for Veterans)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  (Medline plus article and links)

PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)


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Tony Safina (Media Research)

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