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Forgive my recent blogopause. i was fishing, and then traveling, and then writing rather head-down intensely — all activities I have trouble mixing with blogging and social media such as Twitter, which I’ve also left idle these last days. So what gives with all that? I often find it awkward to switch between blogging or…

As the comments and correspondence about my PTSD story and posts accrue, I’ve been pondering ways to pull out some of the most interesting, powerful, and affecting. I finally decided to just start posting some, sometimes with commentary, sometimes without. This is a story of many different colors and textures.   I’ll start with this excerpt…

Who stands most at risk of PTSD? A new study of PTSD in US veterans of the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars suggests that you can identify the most vulnerable — soldiers who stand 2 to 3 times the risk of their peers — with fairly simple measures of mental and physical health.   The study,…

One hopes there’s a good explanation for this somewhere: According to this AP story, the number of people collecting VA benefits for being POWs exceeds — by hundreds — the number of actual POWs ever held (much less still alive). From the AP: Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don’t, enduring humiliating forced…

When you propose that we are overdiagnosing PTSD in vets, you run into not only a lot of flak but many offerings of evidence suggesting that we’re missing a lot of cases. Since publishing my article on PTSD, I’ve received those arguments directly in comments, and on Wednesday, April 8, Salon published an article, “I…

Heads-up dept: I’ll be discussing I discussed “The Post-Traumatic Stress Trap,” my Scientific American story on PTSD, at noon, Monday, April 6, on NHPR’s “Word of Mouth.” You can listen to the 7-minute segment here, following a very brief intro to the program. Link to the station’s website here.

What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of long-form, slow-bake, “mainstream” journalism and the idiom we call the blogosphere? As per Bora, the meaning of these terms are shifting as we speak. Last night, using my recent story and blogging on PTSD as a point of focus, I put in my latest two cents on…

A heads-up: to those in or near NYC: Tuesday, March 31, at 6 pm, at 20 Cooper Square in NYC, I’ll be giving a talk/discussion on blogging and long-form journalism — particularly on the different demands, pros and cons, possibilities and constraints, and reader and writer experiences those two different modes of writing (and reading)…

Skip this post if you don’t want to read a writer responding point by point to a self-indulgent, insubstantial attack by a major academic. I should say right off that I’ve long admired the more measured critiques that J. Douglas Bremner, a PTSD researcher and professor of radiology and psychiatry at Emory University, has offered…

A few weeks ago, Matt Stevens, the National Guard captain and medic who served in Iraq and whom I mentioned in my Scientific American article, “The Post-Traumatic Stress Trap, wrote me an email about the social unease he often encountered when he showed any behavior that might remind people he had served in Iraq —…