08 July 2009

U.S. Navy stress center assists marines and sailors

The Navy Times has an interesting article today, which can be found here, on a stress center the Navy established almost a year ago at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The mission of the center is to educate servicemembers about stresses and to help provide ways to cope, with the overall goal to improve mental health. Marines and sailors can access the center via online here.

Yesterday the Times ran an article about a study by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego to figure out how much the way a person interacts with his environment can affect his mental health. Past studies have indicated that those with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, were people who previously reacted emotionally during stressful situations. The study focused on this question: Are people who react to a stressful situation by problem-solving, rather than by becoming numb or feeling as if they're in a daze, less likely to develop acute stress symptoms that could lead to PTSD? Researchers were surprised to find the answer to that question is no. In June the study was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. A copy of the study is available here.

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