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Fight against mental illness

April 14, 2014

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them....

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Apr-15-14 5:05 PM

Grant...a former co-worker also went to the vet center. He credits the help he rec'd there with saving his life!

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Apr-15-14 12:14 PM

drugs: there are still state mental institutions that are open in NYS. Are you suggesting that the closed sites be reopened? They are pretty expensive to maintain unless you are suggesting a return to the Willowbrook model.

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Apr-15-14 10:29 AM

atataxpayer, reading your last post is a portrait of denial -- "I got this" -- when the reality of being home hasn't really set in

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Apr-15-14 10:11 AM

As with all Mental Health Services funding has been cut. Take schools most cut resources officers, Counslors, and Social Workers. Stress and mental health issues are not limited to the military. Suicide takes 38,000 + lives each year more than have under 16 years old. This is what you get when you cut funding to schools and mental health. Why is it we run out of money for education, menatal health etc but not Welfare?

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Apr-15-14 8:34 AM

Not sure you would call it denial if you are dealing with someone who was in active combat. Most are reverting back to the survival mode they were trained to have where there is no time for emotions, denial or weakness.

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Apr-14-14 11:40 PM

grant18, first they have to admit that they have a problem. We are still somewhat in denial -- "I don't have a problem, I can handle it" when the facts and actions show differently

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Apr-14-14 9:43 PM

scarecrow "I wonder what changed" For starters, honor and respect has been thrown out the window. The Pledge of Allegiance is considered "taboo" in schools. Selfless men and women sacrifice family time and their lives to fight for what our flag stands for, but children don't you dare honor it. Secondly, our government has put less important issues on the table while our brave men and women stand at the end of the line. We owe much more to them. Put the Pledge back in the classrooms, show them we show honor right along with them, and push all the able bodied workers to the end of line. Our Vets deserve our respect and immediate attention!

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Apr-14-14 7:43 PM

I have wondered about the extra excessive violent behavior being acted out across the nation in schools, theaters and military bases. I wondered if it is a result of genetically modified foods or additives to lengthen shelf life... or if it is the direction our lives have taken where we are more impersonal with far less human interaction. Or maybe it is the news, they shove a camera in the face of all of these news makers as soon as they can, ask unreasonably stupid questions and report it all on the spot in the moments that it happens without a thought to the audience or what is fact and what might not need to be shown. Maybe it is a combination of all of these things. Maybe it is the degradation of all our moral values lack of respect or the I do not care attitude. I only hope that it can be corrected. If it continues to worsen at this rate, god help the future generations.

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Apr-14-14 5:56 PM

Scarecrow is very lucky that he lives in such a cocoon that he never heard of shell-shock, battle-fatigue, or the other names that psychologists & psychiatrists gave to PTSD before the Vietnam War.

If anyone reading this believes he or she might be suffering from combat-related PTSD or has a relative or friend who might be, the best care is provided at a Vet Center. It's free, non-judgmental & most of the counselors are veterans themselves, nowadays mostly veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.

The Albany Vet Center is located at 17 Computer Drive West (just off Wolf Road & the telephone number is 518-626-5130. And I know whereof I speak because I have been going there since 1999 to deal with the impact my memories from Vietnam have on my life & my family's lives!

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Apr-14-14 3:54 PM

We never heard of ADD, ADHD, and autism either until we decided that "mental Institutions" were somehow cruel places and closed them. Discipline on the home front, or the lack of it, and parents who are not able to handle situations like they used to are all factors, along with being politically correct and trying to please everybody. Everybody gets a trophy so they "feel good" about themselves. Mental illness is not contagious, and you don't get there without lots of help in "covering it up" or just plain not wanting to see it for what it is

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Apr-14-14 2:05 PM

What evidence is there that we didn't have this problem after earlier wars? Vietnam vets have suffered terribly. Other older vets such as relatives of mine suffered too, but times were different and men "didn't talk about these things." Thank goodness society's mores have evolved and now it's time for our vets to receive services they are due in recognition of their sacrifices.

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Apr-14-14 1:31 PM

This has been around since the dawn of time. What has changed is how long it takes for a vet to be processed out from full combat to civilian life. I have know vets from all the conflicts that suffered varying degrees of PTSS. While I was in college many vets came home and you could tell they had issues with what they went through. While on the soap box our government has thrown many vets to the side. Wounded warrior does a great job in helping from what I can see, however our government should be doing much, much more for those who gave up so much.

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Apr-14-14 1:16 PM

We didn't have this kind of problem after WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. I wonder what changed.

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