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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
An easy-to-read infographic covering the basics of PTSD — common causes, symptom categories, PTSD numbers and clinically recommended treatment options
At CNRM research is being done to deepen the understanding of brain injury and neurotrauma that occur in theater, including the concurrent development of PTSD with TBI. Learn why this research is so important and how you can help.
How CNRM is testing and researching the latest technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to TBI and PTSD.
These men are heroes not just for what they survived. They are heroes for living through fifty years of civilians who don’t understand them and loved ones who walk away in tears from actions and responses that, to these men, seem completely normal.
I, personally, never use the word warrior for anyone but a combat veteran. But I do not call them warriors because of what they did during war. I call them warriors because of what they do every single day since returning from war.
Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen experienced multiple concussions and now tells others who may have experienced a TBI to “talk to somebody you know who has one — because we’re out there.”
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