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“You don’t go into a war like this and come out unscathed,” says former Marine Cpl. James Dahan, who was exposed to more than 30 improvised explosive devices while in Iraq and suffers from mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dahan is not alone. Far too many military personnel have returned from combat with both TBI and PTSD, conditions that can be difficult to treat, especially when they co-occur.
Medical professionals and researchers are looking closely at the implications of the co-occurrence of the two. We have gathered information and resources for you here to help you learn more about what exactly PTSD and TBI are, what happens when they co-occur, how they can impact lives and families, and what can be done to treat their effects.
Learn about the similarities and differences of combat stress and posttraumatic stress disorder to help prevent or effectively manage both.
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Retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Dusty Baxley explains how warriors can use meditation to find relief from the overwhelming barrage of thoughts and other post-traumatic symptoms like aggression, anxiety, and insomnia.
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