In Search of Ponies: Transferable protective disorder

I expected barking when I knocked. And I wasn’t surprised to see his nose help push the door open. What did catch me a little off guard was when the snarling continued, even after he saw it was me. “Hey Rusty,” I said, thinking perhaps he needed to hear my voice, but his lip still […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

Technology hard on adolescence

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The thesis to this column has multiple personality disorder. It just doesn’t know what it wants to be. The idea started on Sunday night, when I got a text from a girl I’ll call Shelby (I’m changing details to protect the innocent, and the guilty). Shelby writes, “Heyy its Shelby.” I respond, “Who?” She responds, […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Learning your ABZ’s

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com He swings the door open to reveal an immaculate room. Not a crumb on the carpet, not a stain on the nightstand, not a wrinkle on the floral bedspread. Makes sense. After all, this is a laboratory. Bryan Ellis is a registered sleep therapist. He is […]

Heading off trouble early

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By Marlena Hartz When their baby reached 16 months of age, Diane and Aaron Mains began to worry. He hardly ate and slept in fitful intervals. His attempts at speech were minimal and difficult to decipher. The couple learned two months later the strange symptoms were the result of a regulatory disorder, a cluster of […]