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Telemedicine to Help Veterans With PTSD

A recent study shows veterans with PTSD using telemedicine experience equivalent recovery to those using in-person therapy sessions.

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Veterans with PTSD telemedicine

There is new hope for veterans coping with debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  A recently published study in the JAMA Psychiatry journal demonstrated that veterans with PTSD who had access to “telemedicine” – video enabled session with psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and other mental health clinicians – had equivalent recovery to those Veterans with PTSD who received corresponding therapy in person. 

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Such proof of the efficacy telemedicine lays the groundwork for a larger cyber medical network that would allow mental health professionals to treat more veterans.

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This news is especially encouraging for veterans living in rural areas where the nearest VA outpatient center may be hours away.

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While continuing research is needed before a widespread program is initiated, the current study is a huge step forward.  If proven consistently helpful to veterans, it’s possible to conceive of such telemedicine techniques being developed for the general public.

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For more on the study read this Reuter’s article and another piece at Veterans News Now.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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