Here’s an extraordinary story from NPR, back in 2008, on how the US Army uses performances of Sophocles’ Philoctetes to help treat PTSD as part of its warrior resilience training. I have to say, Philoctetes really is an astonishing play, and they’re absolutely right that it is about trauma and how to overcome it – Read more…

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The Institute of Psychiatry hasjust published the resultsfrom the first survey of post-traumatic stress disorder in UK troops serving in Iraq, and found that only around 3% of troops reported suffering from the symptoms of PTSD – lower than the incidence found in police officers or doctors working in casualty. The incidence of PTSD is Read more…

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Ten years ago last week, a bomb went off in a parked Vauxhall car on Market Street in Omagh, a market town with a population of 22,000 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It killed 29 people, as well as two unborn babies, and injured many others. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, the Sperrin Read more…

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There’s a must-read article in this week’s New Yorker about a new form of therapy designed to treat the estimated 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are returning to the US with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The therapy is based on virtual reality – using a specially-modified version of the game Full Spectrum Warrior, Read more…

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