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Leading Cause of Stress to Military War Veterans Key Topic at 35th Advanced International Winter Symposium
Date:2/25/2009

Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member Dr. Jerry A. Boriskin of University of the Rockies Delivers Keynote

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when many military men and women are returning home from combat, Dr. Jerry A. Boriskin, distinguished visiting faculty member of the University of the Rockies and author of "At Wit's End," delivered timely solutions on how to recognize and prevent post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for military members at the 35th Annual Advanced International Winter Symposium.

The symposium took place at the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs, Colo. and brought together faculty to address the issues of treatment, recovery and research in the addictions, mental health and behavioral health fields. More than 800 attended the conference which provided intensive, advanced clinical training while focusing on interaction between faculty and participants.

Dr. Boriskin's topic on effective treatment of complex PTSD and addiction provided guidance on how to recognize the signs and steps trauma survivors in early recovery could take, what not to do if a loved one is diagnosed and what clinicians can do to help their patients.

According to Dr. Boriskin, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave, physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents or military combat. About 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD.

"Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of PTSD can help make the transition from military life to everyday normal activity a smooth one and help clinicians with better diagnosis and proper treatment," said Dr. Boriskin. "Troops abroad must deal with the hardship of separation from loved ones for uncertain
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