Hall Center For The Humanities


Dr. Chalisa Gadt-Johnson

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Wed., Sep. 14, 2011, 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Lawrence Country Club

Since 1980 it has been known that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition diagnosed in people who have been confronted with traumatic events, which seem to be potentially harmful to themselves or others.  The military has especially experienced this in soldiers, particularly those who have seen combat duty. Besides the obvious risk of combat there, are other dangerous situations that soldiers are exposed to, including training accidents, natural disaster response, and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault. The Veterans Administration started treatment programs in many places around United States in 1982.  In addition to outpatient and residential treatment programs, the VA has established five specialized inpatient treatment facilities in the US. One such program is located in Topeka, Kansas, at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center.  Dr. Chalisa Gadt-Johnson, a Psychologist in this program, will present on the diagnosis of PTSD, the latest developments in the treatment of this mental health disorder, including treatments available at the VA, and information about the Stress Disorder Treatment Program (SDTP) in Topeka.  Join us at the Lawrence Country Club for this very timely topic.

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