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Drone pilots can get PTSD too

Drones (or unmanned aircraft) have truly become the front lines of our current warfare. Although we could certainly discuss the mental health impact on regions of the world where there is a constant fear of…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

March 15, 2013

Notes from a Black Male Suicide Survivor

I came across this “personal essay” on Gawker the other day in which @Moore_Darnell shared some his early life suffering related to physical abuse both inside and outside the home as well as struggles with his own…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

February 18, 2013

Honoring Veterans Day

As a VA psychologist, I have seen the pain of war on vet’s lives and psyche. As an American I hope that we can honor and serve our vets for their service to our country. In…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

November 10, 2011

Quickpost: Alcohol costs the U.S. $223.5 billion

That’s big money! We often underestimate the national implications of poor health decisions, particularly of alcohol use. The mantra of our country is “do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t hurt others.” But…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

October 25, 2011

I've been a little distracted

Alrighty. After a break for moving to internship, getting settled in, and attempting to work on my dissertation…I’m back to blogging. Hope the break has provided some refreshment and helps me come back with new…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

July 1, 2010

First person narratives of mental disorders

In my brief experience as a clinician, I have found client accounts of their disorders to be particularly engaging and impactful. I think the way we truly learn about mental disorders is through first person…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

April 15, 2010