Embedded in Iraq

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Embedded reporter and NIMH discuss mental health issues for some Iraq War veterans

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Help for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

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Every day, military veterans return from the intense surroundings of warfare. And some of those returning veterans come home with unique mental health challenges: a topic of discussion between NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel and Sergeant Todd Bowers of the organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Anxiety Disorders Research: Impact of BDNF

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BDNF stands for brain derived neurotrophic factor. This molecule, found in the brain's fear hub could have a significant impact on the study of anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Francis Lee of Weill-Cornell Medical College is a leading BDNF investigator and was a recent guest lecturer at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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PTSD: Stress and Resilience

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In the last decade, the United States has experienced a series of man-made and natural disasters. Large numbers of people in this country have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. This video focuses on NIMH research in the areas of traumatic stress reactions and specifically mental health issues among U.S. service members. What we learn from the military experience can help us understand stress risk predictions for the entire population.

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Fear: Replacing Memories

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The human brain goes through a complex process to form and consolidate memories. But is it possible to replace memories of fearful events, and in doing so, assist in the treatment of patients suffering from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders? Dr.Joseph LeDoux and a team of New York University neuroscientists think they have found a way to replace traumatic memories through therapy.

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Traumatic Stress in the Military

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In the past eight years, the United States has experienced a series of manmade and natural disasters. Large numbers of people in this country have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. In this National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) video, Drs. Robert Heinssen and Farris Tuma discuss NIMH research in the areas of traumatic stress reactions and specifically mental health issues among U.S. service members. What we learn from the military experience can help us understand stress risk predictions for the entire population.

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