This Wall Street Journal Article gives a good summary of the particular issues affecting efforts to deal with PTSD in Iraq.
I was particularly struck by the contrasts with the situation in Viet Nam and some of the similarities with the situation in World War I.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
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Saturday, November 19, 2005
Jean Starobinski in his History of the Treatment of Melancholia, which was originally published in 1960 notes that,"melancholia, like so many painful states tied to the human condition, have been experienced and described before having received its name and medical explanation." As an example he cites the Iliad (ch. vi) where Belerophon submits inexplicably to the anger of the gods: "but when Bellerophon came to be hated by all the gods, he wandered all desolate and dismayed upon the Alean plain, gnawing at his own heart, and shunning the path of man." According to Starobinski Belerophon's desolate wandering is a senseless disaster because he is a courageous and just hero, who has done nothing to anger the gods.
Friday, November 18, 2005
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Saturday, November 12, 2005
Now that many mentally ill people are being reinstitutionalized in prisons the struggle is on to see if they can be transfered to state mental hospitals. Here is a report from the front lines.