The Riggs Blog
The Riggs blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
“He would remember feeling how impossible it was. He would remember the heat, the voltage in his arms and wrists. Why? He thought, but he didn’t know. All he knew was fury.”
- Lake in the Woods, by Tim O’Brien
While most patients at Riggs take medications as part of their treatment, we don't see medications as the most important component of treatment that we have to offer.
Concern about unacceptable shortfalls in the VA system’s ability to respond to the medical and psychiatric needs of veterans is not new. The Associated Press reminds us the issue was unearthed by a task force appointed by former president George W. Bush eleven years ago and was reported again two years ago in a Senate hearing. Of course, the problem will only grow as large numbers of active duty soldiers leave the military and enter the VA medical system.
Papers from the 2012 Fall Conference, "Untold Stories, Hidden Wounds: War Trauma and Its Treatment," were recently published in a special issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology (April 2014).