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NARSAD's 5th Annual 'Mission Possible' Symposium Offers Insight to PTSD and Other Mental Illnesses
Date:3/19/2008

presentations will include:

-- "Taking Care of Soldiers and Families - Past, Present and Future" by Lt. Gen (R) Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., vice president of education, Association of the U.S. Army, who will discuss how the Army historically has addressed mental trauma to soldiers, citing instances where it has been on the forefront of treating battlefield trauma.

-- "PTSD: From Battlefront to Homefront" by Robert Ursano, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, who will discuss rates of PTSD and TBI, effects on soldiers and their families, and planning for the healthcare needs of returning veterans.

-- "Psychological Health and Traumatic Brian Injury" by Colonel (P) Loree Sutton, M.D., the newly installed director of the Department of Defense Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, who will present on the Center's efforts to address the healthcare needs of service personnel and their families who are coping with psychological problems and brain injury.

-- "The Mental Health Consequences of War" by Yuval Neria, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Columbia University, who will discuss the mental health consequences of war. Dr. Neria is also the director of the trauma and PTSD program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He brings significant insight as a veteran of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. His experience of having served and suffered an injury during that war has played a major role in his scientific work. A published author in the areas of PTSD and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, he is also an expert on PTSD in the general population, especially among those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The second session will begin at 1 p.m. with a broader focus on "New Directions and Future Tren
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