Catherine Lieb – Listening to Stories of War

Helping veterans and their loved ones flourish after war.

History of PTSD

In 1974 a public defender tried to use a “traumatic war neurosis” defense for a Vietnam veteran who was facing prison time for a breaking and entering charge. The judge refused the war neurosis defense saying it was not an official diagnosis in DSM-II, the current edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  

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PTSD in the News Again

A recent headline in Stars and Stripes reads, “Senators express concern about veterans’ mental health in wake of Ukraine invasion.”  Read Article Here The article describes a letter US senators sent to Veterans Affairs urging the VA to reach out to veterans who may be experiencing problems with PTSD. They fear images of the Russian

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Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year to reflect on what we are grateful for.  Beyond my usual list of family, friends, etc., I am grateful for the end of US troops fighting in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, my gratitude is complicated by the shame of a chaotic withdrawal and the bitter reality of the ongoing suffering of the

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Psychotherapy, Veterans and Their Loved Ones

A nonveteran client of mine, I’ll call her Susan, did three courses of therapy over about fifteen years. Each time we focused on resolving her presenting problem, while we worked on healing her deeper wounds from childhood.  In one particularly lively session Susan told me about a difficult conversation in which she told her sister,

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It Takes Courage to Listen

My plan was to launch this blog with posts about PTSD, its origins, the controversy over diagnostic labels, etc.  It took weeks of struggle for me to hear the voice inside saying, an intellectual discussion about PTSD can wait.  What do you really want to write about?  Since late August heartbreaking images have been seeping into

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