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This is what I believe:

We hold the line together on our journeys to healing with PTSD/TBI.
We are united through something which was not our choice to live with.
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We support each no matter what line we hold. We have each others six.

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How can people cope with PTSD?

Some ways that are often suggested for PTSD patients to cope with this illness include learning more about the disorder as well as talking to friends, family, professionals, and PTSD survivors for support. Joining a support group may be helpful. Other tips include reducing stress by using relaxation techniques (for example, breathing exercises, positive imagery), actively participating in treatment as recommended by professionals, increasing positive lifestyle practices (for example, exercise, healthy eating, distracting oneself through keeping a healthy work schedule if employed, volunteering whether employed or not) and minimizing negative lifestyle practices like substance abuse, social isolation, working to excess, and self-destructive or suicidal behaviors

What are the effects of PTSD?

Untreated PTSD can have devastating, far-reaching consequences for sufferers' functioning and relationships, their families, and for society. Women who were sexually abused at earlier ages are more likely to develop complex PTSD and borderline personality disorder

Virtually any event that is life-threatening or that severely compromises the emotional well-being of an individual may cause PTSD. Such events often include either experiencing or witnessing a severe accident or physical injury, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, being the victim of kidnapping or torture, exposure to combat or to a natural disaster, other disaster (for example, plane crash) or terrorist attack, being the victim of rape, mugging, robbery or assault; enduring physical, sexual, emotional or other forms of abuse, as well as involvement in civil conflict.

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PTSD - Self-Care After Disasters

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Service Dog Lends a Helping Paw to War Veteran with PTSD

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Comment by Tony Thomas on March 31, 2010 at 8:03pm
Wow, awesome group! Thanks for the invite Fyre!
Comment by Stephen Hawkins on March 29, 2010 at 7:18pm
I served with a USMC unit that had a number of suspected GWS subjects
Doing a unscientific an unofficial poll I asked did you take the PB pills. With one exception the ones with GWS said yes and the ones without said no. I know there was more to the mix but it was not a good sitch.

None of the GWS affected Marines stayed in very long.
Comment by Helen (Firebug) on March 29, 2010 at 5:18pm
Excellent group idea :) Much needed group!

Comment by Bob Allard on March 29, 2010 at 10:07am
Glad we have somone who can help with this subject and there are people who do need to let it all out, I hope this discussion area will help them , if not maybe someone can point them in the right direction, we all could use some help.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 29, 2010 at 9:20am
Thank you Stephen. He's gone thru a TON of personal trauma too so it's not just the war but I do know he carries a burden for the loss of innocents since he was FC responsible for missile launches. He doesn't blame US and/or Govt and there are many other personal issues involved in the mix that I don't wanna bring into it ... but my reason for mentioning it is I feel health issues play a large part in recovery. And multiple incidences of trauma also impact recovery. And VA throws these guys in a wacky ward (as my bro calls it) or an AA program rather than focusing on physical health and/or PTSD therapy. It's complicated - and VAs are strapped and overwhelmed esp now. But the good news is he's working thru it and back home near family.
Comment by Stephen Hawkins on March 28, 2010 at 11:12pm
Hi Janet
ask your bro where home is
where is he still
It's not Uncle Sam's fault. It's been what it is since wars were fought. It is what it is.
my guess home is not here. Thanks for your concern

Since then everything is like cola with the bubbles taken out.

Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 28, 2010 at 10:58pm
As always - thank you Fyre and company for providing such great forums and groups. My bro has battled PTSD for almost 2 decades (but won't admit it) plus he's got GWS (altho some say there's no such thing, it's all in their heads, etc - but I can guaran-damn-tee all those vaccines he got during first Gulf war have caused extreme physical, mental and emotional issues. Maybe that's another post for some other day. PTSD affects many during disasters too so I've read and studied it for years from that respect, but I'm just a civilian with no formal training so here more to learn than anything. Thank you for the invite!

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Comment by LT. Andrew Poole on March 28, 2010 at 9:56pm
I'm very glad this group was created. Thank you.
Comment by Stephen Hawkins on March 28, 2010 at 9:36pm
I cannot say for may sitches but i was at a Navy conference on the subject. I was the only combat vet in the group but the facilitator was an expert in the subject.

He stated and much of my reading substantiated it. You brain is divided in three general areas (oversimplified) like a driven gear, idler gear, and driver gear
driven takes in the info
idler processes it
driver tells the rest of the body to have a drink or fight

When one is in a constant stressful sitch the idler spins up to match the constant dangerous input coming in as a war zone, daily work as a cop or medic in a knife or gun club, or a young child constantly under the threat or action of abuse.

When the threat is removed the idler gear is still spinning and sending messages to flee or fight even though the frontal lobe or the driven gear is receiving all is clear stand down.

This causes stress and confusion. I only spent 9 months 4 of which I slept 10 feet from people who tried to kill me on their days off with patrols in cities who kill Marines for sport often. It took 4 years for that idler to spin to the level of the US and I only had one tour.

On the Military side as Vietnam and the the sandbox we live and were raised in a supercivilized society. Our Military is now kinder and gentler and when thrown in the real facts of war many of Sailors are not prepared. I cannot comment on the Army.

Now the Marines stress their people from day one and though it causes problems prior I see less issues on average. I am lucky to have served and had a foot up my butt prior to deploying.

I only had one dream the night after an Iraqi motor team sent 9 61mm motors withing 20' of my fighting hole. I dreamed I was dropping rounds into the tube in their general direction. Otherwise nothing but I cannot take 4th of July, or homecomings.

However I have never regretted the experience and am glad for it and I'd do it again if possible.

Comment by Fyre Walker on March 28, 2010 at 9:31pm
Thanks for the kudos MC but this is your baby. LOL!

And Doc, this idea is the brain-child of Military Connection, she will be running the group, I just got it started. She is going to need all the help she can get, so if you come across anymore seminars, conferences and workshops, please post them in this group.

Thanks everyone who joins. That's exactly what USFRA is all about, coming together as a community to help one another.
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