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Military and Mental Health

The intersection between the military and the mental health system has gained special attention because of veterans returning from war with a diagnosis of "post traumatic stress disorder" or PTSD.

Link Paula Caplan on vets returning from Iraq
Paula J. Caplan is an author, teacher, playwright, and long-time supporter of MindFreedom. Dr. Caplan is a research and clinical psychologist at Harvard. Here is a link to an article by Dr. Caplan that was published in Tikkun magazine about how the typical person may help those veterans returning home to the USA after having experienced severe and overwhelming trauma in Iraq.
Link "Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War"
An article by Penny Coleman on AlterNet describing the development of new drugs for soldiers that promise to prevent feelings of guilt and remorse.
Article "America's Medicated Army"
The stress that military personnel are facing in Iraq and Afghanistan is leading a growing number of soldiers to seek help from mental health care professionals. In this article, Time Magazine's Mark Thompson reveals that these soldiers in crisis face a serious lack of treatment alternatives.
Article Vets’ Mental Health Diagnoses Rising
 
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Lynne Salvi, psychiatric survivor

Lynne M. Salvi [1963 - 2011] was an activist with MindFreedom Lane County. She experienced 24 years of human rights violations in the mental health system. Lynne said, "Since finding MindFreedom and becoming a member, my life changed dramatically. I found many people who understand through experience without words. MindFreedom feels like a reunion of family I never knew before. This connection and encouragement give me the courage to speak out. I am grateful to find myself using those painful experiences to help others. Today I am medication-free and psychiatrist-free for the first time." See "Related Content" below for writing by Lynne.
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