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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.
Symptoms of PTSD and post-concussive syndrome can overlap significantly. Should they be treated the same way?
More about traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder
Thousands of combat veterans suffered traumatic brain injuries that were never documented. Then two doctoral students unearthed the evidence.
It’s no surprise that some symptoms of brain injury include headaches and memory problems. But hearing loss may also accompany a TBI, either because the injury damages the ear or because there is damage to the part of the brain that processes sound.
As part of his treatment plan for multiple traumatic brain injuries sustained in combat and training, Jake now trains service dogs to help veterans like himself.
A new study reveals previously undetected change patterns in the brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts from high explosives in combat.
“I knew I was different when I came back from war.”
An easy-to-read infographic covering the basics of PTSD — common causes, symptom categories, PTSD numbers and clinically recommended treatment options
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