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Take the Step! Help Raise PTSD Awareness in June

June is PTSD Awareness Month, and we invite you to get involved in spreading the word about PTSD treatment and recovery. Everyone needs to know that PTSD treatment can help.

You can visit throughout June for resources, links, and stories about PTSD, for the public and professionals. Every week will focus on a new topic, so you can take the step to:

  • Know more about PTSD
  • Challenge your beliefs
  • Explore treatment options
  • Reach out, and make a difference in someone's life!

Each year, the VA's National Center for PTSD joins with organizations and individuals across the country to mark June as PTSD Awareness Month. We are helping, too.

Join us! Visit for resources and suggestions on how to get involved.

Dr. JoAnn Difede Joins the U.S. Army's 238th Birthday Celebration

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As part of the U.S. Army's 238th Birthday celebration in New York City, Dr. JoAnn Difede, Director of PATSS, will be speaking at the New York Army Senior Leader Panel entitled, "Ready and Resilient: Building and Maintaining Resilient Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Units."

For this June 13th event, Dr. Difede will be joined by Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1; Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Surgeon General of the Army; and Roger Goodell, Commissioner for the National Football League.

This event is sponsored by the American Management Association Executive Conference Center, National Football League, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the USO. Read about this event here

PATSS Heads to CitiField this Memorial Day to Honor Military and Their Families

On May 26th, PATSS attended the 6th Annual Military Appreciation Night. The New York Mets took on the Atlanta Braves alongside thousands of military service members, veterans, and military families in attendance.

This event was sponsored by the New York Mets and the USO of Metropolitan New York. Read more about this exciting event here.

Our former patient, Retired Lieutenant Colonel John O'Brien, is now profiled in the "Amazing Things are Happening Here" campaign with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

John was diagnosed with PTSD after serving four tours in the Middle East. Visit the official Amazing Things campaign website here to learn how he overcame stigma, engaged in treatment, and is now able to move forward with his life.

See PATSS clinicians, Dr. JoAnn Difede, Dr. Judith Cukor, and Dr. Megan Olden, as they discuss how behavior changes in individuals living with PTSD, how it affects relationships, and the importance of entering treatment.

Charlie Rose's The Brain Series episode on Post-Traumatic Stress features Dr. JoAnn Difede, Director of PATSS, and LTC John O'Brien, who developed combat-related PTSD and received treatment through our ongoing Department of Defense-funded clinical trial. Watch the full episode online to learn more about the symptoms and treatments available for PTSD.

Dr. Judith Cukor, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, sat down to do a live chat with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) about mental health issues facing Veterans and their families. Click here to read the full transcript of the event!

Dr. JoAnn Difede, Director of PATSS and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, was invited to discuss the use of virtual reality to treat PTSD in the military on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit. To listen to the full interview, click here.

The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies is pleased to announce that we are a beneficiary of the Second Annual Alliance for Veteran Support Initiative. We thank them for their generous support. To learn more about the mission of AVS, visit their website here.

Press Release: $11 Million Department of Defense Grant to Study Novel Therapies for PTSD Led by Dr. JoAnn Difede

PATSS's work using virtual reality to help treat Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffering from PTSD is the cover story in Weill Cornell Medicine's Summer 2012 issue. [More]

Photo: Weill Cornell Medicine Cover Summer 2012

Now recruiting participants across the country for our PTSD study, funded by the Department of Defense [More]

Along with partners around the U.S., we are recruiting participants with trauma related to deployment in either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans needed for New Art Exhibition!

We're looking for volunteers who want to have their portraits painted and to share their story. Click here to learn more!

Free Treatment for PTSD Using Telemedicine [More]

We are recruiting participants for a study that uses traditional treatment to treat PTSD via telemedicine. Please call Dr. Olden at 212-821-0786 to find out more!

For past events, please visit our archives here.
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