Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

A Resource and Recovery Guide

Author: Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott,Don Philpott

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 9781605907246

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 290

View: 3245

As more veterans return from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, more are needing care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While there are several treatment and recovery options, outlets for support, and other resources, understanding and gaining access to them is often difficult or confusing. In Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD: A Resource and Recovery Guide, authors Cheryl Lawhorne and Don Philpott offer guidance for returning veterans, from treatment options, to diagnostic criteria and techniques, to resources for rehabilitation and support. The authors begin discussions of TBI and PTSD by offering definitions of each, outlining the risk factors, and exploring the relationship between the two. They then move on to provide explanations of diagnostic criteria, treatment options, prevention techniques, and barriers to seeking care. Sections on the important role that insurance and health care plays, and on the support of family and friends, round out this useful and accessible volume. This is an essential guide for returning veterans, their families, and all who work with veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.

Life After the Military

A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans

Author: Janelle B. Moore

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 1605907413

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 324

View: 8961

Hundreds of thousands of military members are making the transition to civilian life each year. This transition is a move into unfamiliar territory, and can be an extremely uncomfortable process. But there are resources in place that can relieve much of the stress of the challenging situations that may arise. In Life After the Military: A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans, authors Janelle Hill, Don Philpott, and Cheryl Lawhorne collect all the information needed to settle into life after the military. The book discusses the many issues that transitioning veterans are faced with such as finding employment, going back to school, managing finances, special benefits available to veterans, and a host of other issues the transitioning veteran is likely to face when making the move to civilian life. It also discusses the emotional and psychological challenges that come with leaving the military and settling into life as a civilian. This book is essential for all who are transitioning out of the military and their loved ones.

Military Mental Health Care

A Guide for Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Community

Author: Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott,Don Philpott

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442220937

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 229

View: 3633

Too often American veterans return from combat and spiral into depression, anger and loneliness they can neither share nor tackle on their own. This guide seeks to aid our troubled, returning forces by dissecting the numerous mental health problems they face upon arriving stateside. The authors detail not only each issue's symptoms, but also discuss what treatments are available, and the best ways for veterans to access those treatments while readjusting to civilian life. In addition, the authors connect and explain many alarming trends, such as joblessness, poverty, and addiction, appearing in our nations's veteran population on a broader scale. Post-traumatic stress syndrome and struggles with anxiety affect far more than veterans themselves, as sobering phenomena like homelessness, suicide, domestic violence, and divorce too often become realities for those returning from war. This book is both a resource for struggling veterans and a useful tool for their loved ones or anyone looking for ways to support the veterans in their lives. -- From back cover.

The Wounded Warrior Handbook

A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans

Author: Don Philpott,Janelle B. Moore,Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 1605907391

Category: History

Page: 472

View: 2353

As in the previous edition, this guide directs you to answers and resources for the most pressing and difficult questions that wounded veterans face, such as: Treatments for injuries General paperwork Legal assistance Employment Everyday life Returning to active duty Insurance Claiming benefits

Treating PTSD in Military Personnel

A Clinical Handbook

Author: Bret A. Moore,Walter E. Penk

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1609186370

Category: Psychology

Page: 382

View: 8477

This practical volume covers the full range of effective treatments for PTSD and discusses their implementation with service members and veterans. The focus is on how to meet this population's unique needs. From conducting a thorough assessment to choosing an appropriate psychosocial or pharmacological treatment, the expert editors and contributors provide guidance based on years of experience in military contexts. The norms and values of military culture are discussed. Chapters thoroughly describe available therapies, review their strengths and limitations, and use illustrative case examples to demonstrate the treatments in action. Also addressed are clinical issues and co-occurring problems that can arise in this population, such as traumatic brain injury and substance abuse, and strategies for dealing with them.

Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior

Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

Author: Charles Hoge

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762762098

Category: Psychology

Page: 328

View: 7774

The essential handbook for anyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members. Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that Colonel Charles W. Hoge, MD, a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone. In clear practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options. Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other's experience, especially living with enduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as “symptoms” back home. The heart of this book focuses on what's necessary to successfully navigate the transition—“LANDNAV” for the home front. Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior shows how a warrior's knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in an insane world.

Invisible Wounds of War

Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery

Author: Terri L. Tanielian

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 9780833044549

Category: Medical

Page: 453

View: 6519

A comprehensive study of the post-deployment health-related needs associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury among servicemembers returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the health care system in place to meet those needs, gaps in the care system, and the costs associated with these conditions and with providing quality health care to all those in need.

A Mind Frozen in Time

A PTSD Recovery Guide

Author: Jeremy P. Crosby

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1598585932

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 3186

"A Mind Frozen in Time" is a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) recovery guide intended for survivors of traumatic experience and their families. It was developed while working with individuals who have suffered traumas related to their military service. However, the themes and principles apply to most types of traumatic experiences and their effects. As a guide to recovery, it is designed to help individuals develop a basic understanding of PTSD, introduce coping skills, aid in symptom management, and provide information about some of the more difficult issues that need to be addressed in PTSD therapy. Chapters are brief, making it easier to comprehend for readers who have difficulty concentrating or retaining what they read. "A Mind Frozen in Time" is for anyone interested in learning the core elements involved in PTSD and how to cope more effectively. "A Mind Frozen in Time" is a much-needed, comprehensive, user-friendly guidebook to understanding and coping with PTSD. In it, Dr. Jeremy Crosby has masterfully broken down PTSD and related problems into easily understood concepts that patients and therapists alike will benefit from immensely. Dr. Crosby's years of clinical training and in-the-trenches clinical work are evident in the breadth and depth of the topics presented. What sets this book apart from others is the unique commitment to an outline writing style wherein educational information is presented in brief sections that are readily digested. The result is an invaluable presentation of sophisticated concepts written in "everyday" language. Therapists will have at their fingertips practical treatment tools to utilize in their work. More importantly, patients and their families will find their questions answered and their hope restored in the pages of this guidebook. -Jonathan M. Farrell-Higgins, Ph.D. Dr. Crosby's book is a valuable tool written in a practical way that will encourage trauma survivors searching for a more peaceful existence. His educational approach and challenging self-reflection are the steps by which recovery is possible. -Gary A. Fast, MD

Loving Someone with PTSD

A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma

Author: Aphrodite T. Matsakis

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1608827887

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 1264

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present with a number of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and trouble sleeping. If your partner has PTSD, you may want to help, but find yourself at a loss. The simple truth is that PTSD can be extremely debilitating—not just for the person who has experienced trauma first-hand, but for their partners as well. And while there are many books written for those suffering from PTSD, there are few written for the people who love them. In Loving Someone with PTSD, renowned trauma expert and author of I Can’t Get Over It!, Aphrodite Matsakis, presents concrete skills and strategies for the partners of those with PTSD. With this informative and practical book, you will increase your understanding of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, improve your communication skills with your loved one, set realistic expectations, and work to create a healthy environment for the both of you. In addition, you will learn to manage your own grief, helplessness, and fear regarding your partner’s condition. PTSD is a manageable disability. While it isn’t your responsibility to rescue your partner or act as his or her therapist, this book will help you be supportive and implement strategies for lessening the negative impact of PTSD—not just for your partner, but for your relationship, and, importantly, for yourself.

Translational Research in Traumatic Brain Injury

Author: Daniel Laskowitz,Gerald Grant

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466584920

Category: Medical

Page: 412

View: 5968

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a significant source of death and permanent disability, contributing to nearly one-third of all injury related deaths in the United States and exacting a profound personal and economic toll. Despite the increased resources that have recently been brought to bear to improve our understanding of TBI, the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches has been disappointingly slow. Translational Research in Traumatic Brain Injury attempts to integrate expertise from across specialties to address knowledge gaps in the field of TBI. Its chapters cover a wide scope of TBI research in five broad areas: Epidemiology Pathophysiology Diagnosis Current treatment strategies and sequelae Future therapies Specific topics discussed include the societal impact of TBI in both the civilian and military populations, neurobiology and molecular mechanisms of axonal and neuronal injury, biomarkers of traumatic brain injury and their relationship to pathology, neuroplasticity after TBI, neuroprotective and neurorestorative therapy, advanced neuroimaging of mild TBI, neurocognitive and psychiatric symptoms following mild TBI, sports-related TBI, epilepsy and PTSD following TBI, and more. The book integrates the perspectives of experts across disciplines to assist in the translation of new ideas to clinical practice and ultimately to improve the care of the brain injured patient.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship

How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Author: Diane England

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440513937

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 8775

War, physical and sexual abuse, and natural disasters. All crises have one thing in common: Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones suffer right along with them. In this book, couples will learn how to have a healthy relationship, in spite of a stressful and debilitating disorder. TheyÆll learn how to: Deal with emotions regarding their partnerÆs PTSD Talk about the traumatic event(s) Communicate about the effects of PTSD to their children Handle sexual relations when a PTSD partner has suffered a traumatic sexual event Help their partner cope with everyday life issues When someone has gone through a traumatic event in his or her life, he or she needs a partner more than ever. This is the complete guide to keeping the relationship strong and helping both partners recover in happy, healthy ways.

The Smile on My Forehead

Memoir of My Life with a Brain Injury

Author: Jennifer Mosher

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0578013045

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 2602

This book is my personal memoir of learning to accept my new injured self as I figure out the best way to manage life with a Traumatic Brain Injury. It starts like this: While driving west on Interstate 80 for my senior year at Brigham Young University, my car tumbled five times into the median. I was unconscious on impact, and I don't remember any part of the accident. My next clear memory is waking up on a hospital bed more than two months later, wondering where I was and why I had a metal Halo Brace drilled into my skull. My family explained I'd fractured my neck, both femurs, and severely injured my brain in a car accident on my way back to college. "I'm in college?" I asked. And the rediscovery of myself began.

After the Stroke

My Journey Back to Life

Author: Mark McEwen,Daniel Paisner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101155477

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 5867

The intimate, life-affirming journey of recovery and rehabilitation from a major stroke, written by one of morning television's most beloved personalities Mark McEwen was at the top of his game and enjoying life when he suffered a stroke. After fifteen years on The Early Show, he had moved to Orlando to anchor the local news and spend more time with his family. While traveling, he experienced symptoms that led him to a hospital, where he was misdiagnosed with the flu. Two days later, on an airplane flight just hours before he finally collapsed, flight attendants and airport staff dismissed his slurred speech and heavy sweating. Misinformation not only delayed his treatment, but it also nearly cost him his life. Now, in a candid and moving memoir, America's beloved morning-show weatherman recalls his harrowing journey of rehabilitation from a massive stroke. After the Stroke traces his recovery in the aftermath of temporarily losing some of his greatest gifts- his talent as a public speaker, and his warm, witty exuberance-while his wife worked valiantly to care for their children as well as her seriously ill husband. Sharing an ultimately triumphant story, McEwen emerges as one of our most dynamic new crusaders for stroke victims and their families.

Sexual Assault in the Military

A Guide for Victims and Families

Author: Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott,Don Philpott,Jeff Scott

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442227516

Category: Self-Help

Page: 248

View: 4560

Sexual assault and harassment in the military have been a critical issue for years. Here, Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott and Don Philpott look at problems, potential solutions, and methods for addressing the subject, for both the victims, the families, and the assailants.

Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations:

Initial Assessment

Author: Committee on the Assessment of Ongoing Effects in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,Board on the Health of Select Populations,Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309254213

Category: Medical

Page: 396

View: 4715

Prior to the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars and conflicts have been characterized by such injuries as infectious diseases and catastrophic gunshot wounds. However, the signature injuries sustained by United States military personnel in these most recent conflicts are blast wounds and the psychiatric consequences to combat, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects an estimated 13 to 20 percent of U.S. service members who have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. PTSD is triggered by a specific traumatic event - including combat - which leads to symptoms such as persistent re-experiencing of the event; emotional numbing or avoidance of thoughts, feelings, conversations, or places associated with the trauma; and hyperarousal, such as exaggerated startle responses or difficulty concentrating. As the U.S. reduces its military involvement in the Middle East, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) anticipate that increasing numbers of returning veterans will need PTSD services. As a result, Congress asked the DoD, in consultation with the VA, to sponsor an IOM study to assess both departments' PTSD treatment programs and services. Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment is the first of two mandated reports examines some of the available programs to prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate those who have PTSD and encourages further research that can help to improve PTSD care.

Soft Spots

A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Author: Clint Van Winkle

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312378936

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 213

View: 9648

Recounts the author's experiences as a marine sergeant in the Iraq War and his battles with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder after returning to the United States.

Tales From the Blast Factory

A Brain Injured Special Forces Green Beret's Journey Back From the Brink

Author: Andrew Marr,Adam Marr

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 168350495X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 518

Andrew Marr, a former Green Beret with multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, fought in the war incurring dozens of traumatic brain injuries that really began off the battlefield. It about destroyed him and his family, and almost cost him his life. Marr’s triumph in seeking answers and treatment outside a military medical establishment that repeatedly failed him began and ended with the kind of initiative, journey, defiance of convention, and solutions found in Tales From the Blast Factory. With thousands of veterans and other TBI sufferers wallowing in the wake of inadequate treatment, the TBI nation is primed to learn the science behind this very specific kind of healing and why conventional protocols fail.

Adaptive Disclosure

A New Treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury

Author: Brett T. Litz,Leslie Lebowitz,Matt J. Gray,William P. Nash

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462523307

Category: Psychology

Page: 205

View: 3454

A complete guide to an innovative, research-based brief treatment specifically developed for service members and veterans, this book combines clinical wisdom and in-depth knowledge of military culture. Adaptive disclosure is designed to help those struggling in the aftermath of traumatic war-zone experiences, including life threat, traumatic loss, and moral injury, the violation of closely held beliefs or codes. Detailed guidelines are provided for assessing clients and delivering individualized interventions that integrate emotion-focused experiential strategies with elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Reproducible handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Faces of Combat, PTSD and TBI

One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment for Our Veterans

Author: Eric Newhouse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781930461062

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 6275

Millions of American soldiers have faced the ultimate dilemma: Kill the enemy or risk being killed. Each choice traumatizes the human brain. Too many tours, too many roadside bombs, too many mortar attacks increase the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Half a million soldiers could come back from Iraq and Afghanistan needing our help to live normal lives.