New Technology That Lets Patients Hear Their Own Brainwaves May Cure PTSD

For those that suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be one of the singularly most debilitating things imaginable. Brought about by surviving traumatic events (hence the title), some of the earliest research into the phenomenon is what gave us the diagnosis of “shell-shock” within soldiers, dating all the way back to as early as the First World War.

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As we’ve studied the disorder more and more over the last few years, we’ve learned that it can affect a number of victims, from people who’ve suffered sexual assault, traffic collisions, and other threats on their lives. The results are often mentally crippling, and can cause people who suffer from PTSD to constantly experience a sudden onrush of a “fight-or-flight” feeling when no danger is actually present.

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It’s estimated that nearly 9% of U.S. citizens develop PTSD at some point, and that number’s only expected to climb. However, researchers think they might have actually found a treatment for it, and strangely enough, the solution is to listen to your brain. Literally.

Hero Cop Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Says He Was Fired Just 6 Months Before Getting His Pension

A police officer who was hailed as a hero less than two years ago says he’s being kicked off the force because of his PTSD.

In the aftermath of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, which was the deadliest mass shooting in American history at the time, news reports described how Officer Omar Delgado of the Eatonville Police Department dragged survivors out of the building to safety.

Delgado hugs one of the men he saved during the shooting.Today

Delgado was a nine-year veteran of the department, and one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the shooting. He says his experiences that night gave him post-traumatic stress disorder, and in the last eight months he was forced to take light duties to cope with his condition.

Now, the police department has declared him unfit for duty, and Delgado will be officially dismissed on December 31. The timing is especially difficult for Delgado, because he was just six months away from qualifying for a pension from the city.

Delgado says he just wants to complete another six months on the police force.Newsmax

“Just let me get vested and I will be more than happy to pack up my troubles and leave,” the officer said in an interview with USA Today. “This is the thing I’ve been working toward for 10 years and to be six months shy then fired — it’s like, ‘Wow!'”

Residents of the small community of Eatonville were outraged by the decision, and survivors of the shooting spoke out in Delgado’s defense at a heated city council meeting.

Scientists Blame One Chemical For Everything That’s Wrong With Our Thoughts

Mental health is quickly becoming one of the most-discussed issues of the 21st Century. Whether it’s the rise in cases of clinical depression among youths, the lingering effects of PTSD in veterans and people who have experienced traumatic events, or even just the impact that different parenting styles have on a child emotionally, we’re slowly but surely beginning to understand the human brain a bit better.

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That being said, there are still a number of questions that remain out of our capability to answer, questions like: “What causes depression?”, “Why are some people more prone to mental illness than others?” and “What can be done to prevent these conditions from manifesting?”

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Plenty of research is being poured into the subject, as human lives are genuinely at stake because of many of these conditions. While it’s difficult to discover any definitive answers to these questions, a new study done by researchers at the University of Cambridge may have stumbled onto one of the biggest breakthroughs in some time…

Pastor Builds Community Of Tiny Homes For Vets In Need

Donnie Davis knows firsthand how much a warm welcome can mean to veterans of our Armed Forces.

During his time in the Air Force, Davis served as an honor guard at military funerals, helping to remember and acknowledge soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. But after returning home to work as a police officer and a pastor, Davis found that those who needed help the most were being ignored.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says more than 39,000 veterans are homeless on a given night.Mitchell Funk

Davis was surprised to learn that, according to the Veteran’s Administration’s 2012 Suicide Data Report, 22 veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder take their lives every day. As a veteran and a police officer who has grappled with PTSD himself, Davis felt a personal connection to these men and wanted to help lower that number.

Exactly how he could help wasn’t clear at first. Then, someone suggested Davis should build a campground for his church. He realized that he could buy a small plot of land in Franklinville, New Jersey and build something much more meaningful: a community that supports and empowers veterans.

And the home that the pastor has built for his fellow veterans is totally unique…