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Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“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.

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Combat Stress Versus Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Combat Stress Versus Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Learn about the similarities and differences of combat stress and posttraumatic stress disorder to help prevent or effectively manage both.

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The Many Layers of Post-Traumatic Growth

The Many Layers of Post-Traumatic Growth

With a significant life crisis like a brain injury, paralysis, or being a POW, comes great challenge and change. But with it can also come the opportunity for significant growth.

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PTSD and mTBI: Teasing Out the Differences for Treatment

PTSD and mTBI: Teasing Out the Differences for Treatment

Symptoms of PTSD and post-concussive syndrome can overlap significantly. Should they be treated the same way?

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More about traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder

Infographic: PTSD 101

Infographic: PTSD 101

An easy-to-read infographic covering the basics of PTSD — common causes, symptom categories, PTSD numbers and clinically recommended treatment options

Researching the Symptom Overlap of TBI & PTSD

Researching the Symptom Overlap of TBI & PTSD

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.

Types of TBI & PTSD Research

Types of TBI & PTSD Research

How CNRM is testing and researching the latest technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to TBI and PTSD.

Life With Jack: Who is a Hero?

Life With Jack: Who is a Hero?

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.

Life With Jack: What Does It Mean To Be a Warrior?

Life With Jack: What Does It Mean To Be a Warrior?

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.     

Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen: Finding Help After a TBI

Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen: Finding Help After a TBI

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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