Ptsd

What We Learned From This Terrifying Flight

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Thirteen years ago next week marks what could have been a grim anniversary: Air Transat Flight 236, bound to Lisbon from Toronto, crash-land...

Can We Let Go of These Mental Illness Stereotypes?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I have openly talked about my use of laxatives for years; I make no secret of the hours and days spent avoiding food, and more specifically eating it; I talk about my death and my desire to die as though I were sharing a favourite recipe; my naps are long, and often I refuse to actually wake from them, instead pulling covers over my head and pointing to the door with a hissed, "Get out get out."

Officer Takes Own Life Years After Bus Beheading

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life. The fam...

The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to Dr. Pogu Bitrus, delays in the government response to free the girls has taken a toll on parents as a result.

It's Not Only Soldiers Who Get PTSD - I Know Because I Have it

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I know PTSD. I live it. I am assailed by the images every day; images which have made me fall to my knees as flashbacks so vivid and ugly wrapped themselves around my eyes like a blindfold. The incident plays on a constant loop in my broken brain, sometimes slowing down long enough to allow me a moment to breathe; other times the nightmare so real I forget I'm no longer that young child pinned underneath a grown man.

How Therapy Dogs Help Veterans

CP | Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Impact

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable t...

Military Commanders, Start Taking Responsibility For Your Troops

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

General, might I offer up that, at the heart of the problem of suicide in the Forces, is that soldiers feel trapped and with no way out? That the widespread stigma against mental injury and illness, that the attitude you present -- that helping is coddling, and that your condescending attitude exemplifies the problem which soldiers face?

Air Canada Apologizes To Veteran With PTSD

CBC | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

An Alberta soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder says she's disappointed Air Canada wouldn't allow her dog on board a plane as a servi...

'A Different Battlefield'

CBC | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier fears more soldiers may take their own lives over this holiday season and is calling for a board of inquiry...

Soldiers Commit Suicide Because of Invisible Wounds

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

In seven days, Canada lost four soldiers to suicide. They died of despair. Suffering mental wounds from their service, able to foresee the end of their careers but unable to see how they could survive after, they succumbed to their injuries and took their own lives. We might give it fancy clinical names, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Operational Stress Injury, but that doesn't change the condition: broken mind.

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

'I Prayed To Die'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A British war veteran recently held in the same Alberta jail where a Canadian soldier killed himself says the justice system doesn...

Don't Let Rob Ford's Buffoonery Eclipse What Really Matters

Steve Patterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Patterson

Between Toronto's mayor who might as well be declared the Buffoon King, freewheeling, self-centred Senators who use taxpayer money as their own personal ATMs and a Prime Minister who would rather prorogue than progress, well, it's a great time to be a Canadian comedian. If it weren't so sad.

Canada, I Fought For You and You Let Me Down

Bruce Moncur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

For a soldier, the battle does not end once you leave the warzone. I will be fighting the effects of my injuries from "the incident" for the rest of my life, and that is why I am writing this piece. Over the past seven years I have been fighting another battle, one for a pension that befits the injury and the effects that the terrible day in Afghanistan left me with. I have sought the help of my MP, doctors, the media, the military ombudsmen, and Veterans Affairs, but they have all left me no further ahead than when I started, and with the startling conclusion that 5% of a soldier's brain is worth a mere $22,000.

Being Told I Would Die From AIDS Taught Me How to Live

Thom Vernon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Thom Vernon

At 23, I tested positive two years before I even got my first professional acting job. Everything I've done professionally has happened since I tested positive. But when that doctor looked into my eyes, told me I was HIV positive and then said, "You're going to die." I had a decision to make. It wasn't if I was going to go, but how I was going to live. I knew that if I was going to survive, I had to take care of myself the best I could and that meant (and means) staying firmly and actively engaged in what thrills and interests me. Perhaps, I do not have the luxury of disinterest.

Psychiatrist: 'I Could Have Talked Him Out'

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The psychiatrist and former soldier who was treating Greg Matters for post-traumatic stress disorder asked RCMP if he could spea...

Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

No one would question a cancer diagnosis, or any other medicial condition, except when it comes to PTSD. Suddenly, everyone is a mental health expert. Nobody would dare question cancer, but PTSD? Fair game. In fact, it would be unthinkable to even not question it. The military culture demands it.

Why Mental Illness Goes Much Further Than Research Tells Us

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Imagine if the true prevalence of cancer in Canada was somewhere around 50 per cent, but the government of Canada estimated the prevalence to be approximately 20 per cent because they included in their estimate only a portion of all possible cancers. The medical community would be in an uproar because there are important implications drawn from such data.

New App For Vets With PTSD

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The roll-out of a new smartphone app and money for a two-year study should go some distance toward helping Canadian veterans and others cope...

Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.

Vet Shares War Stories To Help Heal From PTSD

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Daniel Lafontaine's accounts of life in war-torn Bosnia send chills down the spines of his listeners.His first-hand account of life as a hos...

What He Says Canada's Military Isn't Prepared To Handle

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The military ombudsman says National Defence has not hired enough psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals to deal with a cresting...

Man Shot By RCMP Was Military Vet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A man fatally shot at his home in a confrontation with RCMP in Prince George, B.C., was a veteran of the Bosnian conflict who wa...

PTSD Symptoms Improve Thanks To Couples Therapy: Study

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new Canadian study suggests talk therapy involving couples can make a big difference in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder or...

Soldiers Give Up Their Rights So They Can Risk Their Lives

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Canadian citizens may be shocked to learn that the Canadian Forces do not have the same Charter Rights as the rest of us. They give up those rights when they enlist. Maybe this law makes sense for the military -- it is used to suppress mutiny and rebellion, but at the same time, these are the people who are risking their lives for our freedom. Don't they deserve better?