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Living with TBI and PTSD
It’s an understatement to say that dealing with PTSD and TBI can be incredibly difficult, scary, and overwhelming, especially during the early transition from war back home. But you are not alone. As one BrainLine Military expert said, “The best time to get treatment is now.”
PTSD and TBI can bring on feelings of intense fear, or helplessness can prevail. Challenges with short-term memory can make even the smallest daily tasks seem insurmountable. There can be nightmares and flashbacks, depression, anxiety, isolation. And there can be the debilitating issue of not being able to get regular, restorative sleep — something that is enough to exacerbate anyone’s physical and emotional challenges. Any and all of these symptoms can be jumbled together, a messy knot that sometimes seems impossible to untangle.
In spite of the challenges, and as difficult as PTSD and TBI can be, the good news is that when service members and veterans seek help, they can get better. The brain — an incredible organ — can adapt and heal. Here, we have collected some personal stories as well as information and resources about living with PTSD and TBI to help you and your family move forward.
Veteran wife Heather Hummert knows it takes two to tango and it takes two to save a marriage, especially if there is TBI and PTSD involved.
Occupational therapist Kristen Maisano, OTD talks about meeting patients were they are right now and creating step-by-step goals that take on challenges but in a methodical and careful way to effectively retrain the brain.
Sexual health issues can be common after a TBI. Depression, anxiety, the inability to relate to others, hypersexuality, and side effects from medications, among others, can impact how people sees their sexual self.
"I used to think that if I was quiet as a mouse, my Daddy would be okay, but that’s not true. My Mom says my Dad has PTSD." Read this book, written for kids who have a dad with PTSD.
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Former Army Sgt. and Dole Caregiver Fellow Danny O'Neel helps fellow veterans who are struggling with how to get through each day. The biggest change for him, he says, was "learning how to listen."
Caregivers play a vital role in helping veterans recover from TBI and post-traumatic stress. In this article, four military caregivers describe the first major challenge they faced as they began taking on the role of caregiver.
This is a loaded topic for me and many others, but today I want to talk about something that came up recently regarding family who doesn’t ‘get it’ in understanding the complexities and challenges of our lives after combat.
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.
“I knew I was different when I came back from war.”
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.
An interactive toolkit to help behavioral health practitioners as they work with service members, veterans, spouses and partners.
You need a mission. So says Sergeant Bill "Big Sarge" Hansen, a former Marine and a current mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project®. Today Sgt. Hansen has a clear mission: to provide mentorship and support to young veterans carrying the physical and emotional scars of war.
The Pearce family misses Army life. They not only lost the stability a healthy father would provide but also an entire way of living — the extended family that the Army creates. After years of struggle, they've found...
Why civilian health care providers should be prepared to ask questions about combat exposure, PTSD and TBI.
Family and co-parenting strategies for dealing with anger and other serious symptoms related to TBI and PTSD.
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