A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
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The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
As America’s fighting men and women return home from the battlefields of Iraq and the horrors of war some of them may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but others will not.
The Special Forces troops that carried out the daring rescue of Army Supply Clerk Jessica Lynch may be special for another reason. They are less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, than average soldiers.
"The special forces people do differ in their capacity to cope," said post-traumatic stress disorder expert Dr. Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD.
According to a study at the Army's Survival Training School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the elite soldiers produce more of a molecule called Neuropeptide-Y, which helps calm them in times of stress. But Friedman says it's not known whether Special Forces soldiers are born with the right stuff or if it's developed through their special training.
But one thing is known for sure. "Through trial and error the military has some good ways of identifying individuals who are different."
Soldiers aren't the only ones who suffer with PTSD. According to the national institute of mental health any terrifying event; including natural disasters, car accidents, or violent crime can cause it. The agency estimates that about five million Americans have the disorder.
If the Special Forces' special trait is the result of their training, should others be trained? "If we can obviously we want to train military folks or firefighters, first responders, mental health people who do the kind of work I do. Train them, to save them from PTSD,” said Dr. Friedman.
Researchers hope to better understand why some people are more resilient and others more vulnerable to developing PTSD and perhaps learn how to prevent the onset of the disorder.