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May 15, 2013

Psychiatric Annals Publishes Next Article in Novel Treatments for Military-related Psychological Disorders Series

Thorofare, NJ – PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS, a SLACK Incorporated publication, has published a paper regarding the use of acupuncture in helping military personnel cope with the physical and psychological effects of duty. In print for over 40 years, PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS is relied upon by over 36,000 psychiatric professionals to provide timely research, review articles and continuing medical education.

PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS is the most widely read journal for continuing education in psychiatry. Delivered monthly to psychiatrists, every issue provides a thorough, multi-authored look at a single topic relevant to today’s specialists. Topics are carefully selected from an Editorial Board composed of experts and world-renowned leaders from foremost medical and teaching institutions.

In the May 2013 issue of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS is, “Come for the Needles, Stay for the Therapy,” an article exploring how acupuncture is aiding active duty military and war veterans in their fight against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At present, approximately 250 military physicians have undergone comprehensive training programs in medical acupuncture. Trained administrators can now offer these techniques to their patients as a primary treatment strategy or as complementary to other therapies. Current research has shown several types of acupuncture have been useful in PTSD treatment in both combat situations and clinical settings, and that integrative approaches such as these help empower soldiers in healing their wounds of war.

“By expanding the repertoire of therapeutic options, the use of complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture in the treatment of PTSD provides an element of patient engagement not possible with traditional therapies alone,” said Robert L. Koffman, MD, MPH, Department Chief for Clinical Operations at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and co-author of the article. “Indeed, to assist those suffering from PTSD to more actively and consistently participate in evidence-based treatments, particularly when accompanied by associated symptoms of chronic pain, depression, insomnia, anxiety or substance abuse, I have found acupuncture (among other adjuncts) to not only be useful symptomatically, but also by helping to help regulate the autonomic nervous system improve treatment compliance.”

“This article, by Navy psychiatrist Capt. Robert Koffman, MD, and medical acupuncturist Joe Helms, MD, describes the current use of acupuncture for PTSD in state-of-the-art therapeutic settings in the United States and on the battlefield,” said Colonel Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH, the PTSD series guest editor and Chief Medical Officer, District of Columbia, Department of Mental Health. “A theme in many of the articles in this series is that service members are reluctant to come for traditional mental health care, but they like the alternative forms of treatment. Once they participate in yoga or acupuncture, they can tolerate more traditional treatment.”

This feature series on PTSD began in January 2013, with three previous articles appearing within the February, March and April 2013 issues of PSYCHIATRIC ANNALS and on In April 2013, the series explored the positive impact of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies on military personnel with PTSD. The March 2013 paper focused on how applications of virtual reality are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related psychological disorders in service members and veterans. In February 2013, this series addressed the use of the stellate ganglion block (SGB) technique for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. This technology has been shown in a series of case reports to deaden unconscious emotional memories before they trigger unwanted symptoms in military patients with PTSD.

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