New Treatments for PTSD Among US troops

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A demonstration of a life-like simulator that represents a new form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment. (U.S. Army/flickr)

Since 2001 almost two million American service personnel have been deployed in either Afghanistan or Iraq. These conflicts have taken their toll on the mental wellbeing of many veterans — thousands have come home suffering from various levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our partner, the BBC, has been investigating some innovative new programs to help identify, treat and prevent PTSD at Walter Reed military base in Washington D.C., and Fort Hood in Texas.

We speak with the BBC’s Paul Adams in Washington, former BBC defence correspondent who investigated these treatments, and Chuck Luther, a former Army sergeant who himself suffers from PTSD, and now helps other soldiers at Fort Hood through his soldiers' advocacy group, “Disposable Warriors."

Guests:

Paul Adams and Chuck Luther

Produced by:

Kate McGough

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