PTSD

Since 2001, about 2.5 million people have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, at least a third of them more than once. When they return, many veterans need long term physical and mental care. But they often don't get it.

The Ripple Effects of PTSD

May 13, 2013

What veterans have seen at war doesn’t just affect them – it also affects the people around them. Journalist Mac McClelland has been reporting on how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects families and how they cope when very little treatment is available. KALW’s Casey Miner interviews McClelland about her recent article in Mother Jones magazine titled, “Is PTSD contagious?” 

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(ASA) // The US House of Representatives was  presented with updated legislation yesterday calling for cannabis to be reclassified for medical use. US Representative Sam Farr, from California’s Central Coast, is a lead sponsor. The bill is substantially the same as one previously introduced by recently retired US Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Kirby Dick, director the documentary "The Invisible War." The film shines a spotlight on widespread rape and assault in the military. Eighty percent of assault cases go unreported. How are these men and women dealing with their trauma? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. The film is a call to action. What will it take to hold perpetrators accountable? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guest:

Ariana Klay, former Marine Officer

Kirby Dick, director of The "Invisible War"

The scars inside: An Iraqi refugee opens up about PTSD

Apr 3, 2012

Over the past decade, California has resettled more Middle Eastern refugees than any other state in the country. In Northern California, Santa Clara County in the South Bay is a resettlement hub for Middle Eastern refugees – more than 1,300 moved there since 2006. About one out of three of those refugees are from Iraq. And most have seen or suffered through violence related to the war.

A war at home: a soldier’s mission against PTSD

Mar 20, 2012

Jeremy Profitt lives with his family in an East Bay suburb about 45 minutes outside of Oakland. He’s in his weekend uniform when he greets me at his door: white t-shirt, jean shorts, flip-flops.

They’ve just moved in, and his wife is unpacking the kitchen as Profitt picks up his baby daughter, Reiland. He gently cradles her in his lap as he starts to tell me his story.

“It felt gratifying,” Profitt says of his time in service. “I felt I was able to do my part.”

How does a comic deal with personal tragedy? On this week's Out in the Bay, hosts Marilyn Pittman and Eric Jansen play excerpts from Marilyn's solo show, "It's All the Rage," about her parents’ 1997 murder-suicide, and talk about rage, PTSD, gender roles, and how humor, friends and her wife helped her survive.  

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