From today’s NYT, a short piece by Anthony D. Mancini, an assistant professor of psychology at Pace University, on a survey suggesting that the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among serving military may be lower than it is commonly thought to be.

Mancini’s research focuses on the strength of what he calls “resilience”, or “the human capacity to cope” for most people. His conclusion is that “we should remember that PTSD is a treatable condition and that a realistic and informed understanding of our inherent coping abilities can only assist treatment and, perhaps one day, even prevention of this debilitating disorder”.

This message, that PTSD is treatable, is precisely what soldiers need to hear, and this date is encouraging.

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  1. nice post. PTSD can heal and now we know the brain is plastic and can change. repair and reprogram.

    A great book on mans capacity to cope is Survival Personality. A thirty year search of what traits survivors of places like the Bataan death march, concentration camps the Andes rugby team.

    I am currently helping people who suffer from PTSD in my own blog.

    My blog is a different PTSD blog, we take action and are in process of healing.