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Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Diagnosing and Treating TBI and PTSD

When PTSD and TBI co-occur, it’s often difficult to sort out what’s going on. Changes such as difficulty with memory and concentration, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue are common with both PTSD and TBI. Learn more about the symptoms of PTSD and TBI and how researchers and health professionals are developing and using new diagnostic tools and treatments — from cognitive therapy to virtual reality therapy — to help people move forward in their lives.

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Concussion and PTSD: Not the Same, but Cousins

Concussion and PTSD: Not the Same, but Cousins

Dr. Geoffrey Ling talks about the importance of an interdisciplinary team to treat TBI and PTSD because oftentimes, if one is left untreated, treatment for the other often stays stalled.

What Kind of Therapies Are Effective for Treating PTSD?

What Kind of Therapies Are Effective for Treating PTSD?

Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD talks about various treatments for PTSD including imaginal and behavioral exposure treatments as well as addressing issues of guilt and hypervigilance.

How TBI and PTSD Are Treated Now in Comparison to the Past

How TBI and PTSD Are Treated Now in Comparison to the Past

In recent wars, there has been more programmatic effort to treat and evaluate soldiers with TBI and PTSD. But are these issues any better resolved than they were 30, 50, 100 years ago?

Imaginal Exposure Using Virtual Reality for Treating PTSD

Imaginal Exposure Using Virtual Reality for Treating PTSD

Virtual reality to treat people with PTSD can be incredibly effective because it helps trigger recalls and stimulate the senses in ways that pure talk therapy cannot.

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War Detox: Is This a Cure?

War Detox: Is This a Cure?

As an epidemic of suicide among veterans sweeps the country, the medical model fails to make a large enough impact. Is this war detox program the cure? U.S Army Veteran Jake Clark believes so.

The War Comes Home: Transcendental Meditation

The War Comes Home: Transcendental Meditation

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.

The War Comes Home: Building Trust Through Challenge

The War Comes Home: Building Trust Through Challenge

U.S. Army veteran and "Save a Warrior" founder Jake Clark explains the why the program's rope course is such an important part of war detox and how it provides a protective factor against suicide.

The War Comes Home: Equine Therapy

The War Comes Home: Equine Therapy

The horses are like the soldiers — they're highly sensitive and they don't trust easily. For U.S. Army Veteran Garrett Combs, working with one of the horses leads to a major breakthrough in his healing process.

Invisible Wounds

Invisible Wounds

Thousands of combat veterans suffered traumatic brain injuries that were never documented. Then two doctoral students unearthed the evidence.

Breakthrough in Blast-Related Brain Injuries Reveal Microscopic Scarring

Breakthrough in Blast-Related Brain Injuries Reveal Microscopic Scarring

A new study reveals previously undetected change patterns in the brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts from high explosives in combat.

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.

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.”

Treating Concussion and Co-Occuring Conditions at the Primary Care Level

Treating Concussion and Co-Occuring Conditions at the Primary Care Level

Oftentimes, though in a civilian population, what you're dealing with isn't an acute concussion. You're dealing with these co-occurring conditions which have been brewing for a long time…

Will Exposure Therapy to Treat PTSD Work for You?

Will Exposure Therapy to Treat PTSD Work for You?

“Close your eyes and think about the vacation you took on a warm, sunny beach. Now, tell me every detail of what you see, hear, smell and feel.” This is how exposure therapy may start for vets with TBI and/or PTSD.

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 2"

In Their Boots: "When He Came Home, Chapter 2"

A marriage is put in crisis when a Marine returns home from Iraq with TBI and PTSD.

DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD

DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD

Learn exactly what post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is and what can trigger it.

Common Sleep Issues After TBI and/or PTSD

Common Sleep Issues After TBI and/or PTSD

Dr. Anthony Panettiere says that sleep problems after TBI and/or PTSD are common including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early, nightmares, and sleep apnea.

Three Principles to Remember for Successful Recovery

Three Principles to Remember for Successful Recovery

When it comes to TBI and PTSD, everyone's recovery is different. But Adam shares three key principles that can be crucial for everyone.

Does TBI Cause PTSD?

Does TBI Cause PTSD?

Dr. Jack Tsao says that, to date, there is no research showing that TBI directly causes PTSD but there may be a higher likelihood of someone with TBI developing PTSD.

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