Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home - Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

ISBN-10: 0762754427

ISBN-13: 9780762754427

Edition: 2010

Authors: Charles W. Hoge

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 2/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Col. Charles W. Hoge, M.D,served as Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) from November 2004 until his retirement in summer 2009.nbsp;The recipient of numerous awards in his field, he maintains a clinical practice caring for soldiers and family members with war-related mental health conditions. As a national spokesperson for the Department of Defense on war-related mental health issues and traumatic brain injury, Col. Hoge has been interviewed hundreds of times by major national news organizations.nbsp;He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Introduction: Postwar "Transition-Readjustment"
How to Use This Book
Combat Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Combat Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI/Concussion)
Navigating the Home-zone Area of Operations: Introduction to "LANDNAV"
Life Survival Skills-Warrior Reflexes and Sleep
Become more aware of your reactions by writing about them
Learn to accept your reactions without judgment or anger
Improve physical conditioning and relax muscle tension
Improve sleep
Learn how alcohol or drugs affect your reactions
Attend to and Modulate Your Reactions
Learn to pay attention to your physiological reactions and anxiety level
Learn to pay attention to your feelings and emotions
Create space between your reactions to stressful events and behaviors
Learn to monitor and eliminate "should" and related words or phrases
Notice your breathing
Improve your focus and attention through meditation and mindfulness
Narrate Your Story
Deal with Stressful Situations
Resiliency inoculation training (facing your fears)
Dealing with the "stupid stuff" people do
Dealing with more-serious situations involving people
Dealing with anger, rage, and related emotions
Navigate the Mental Health Care System
Stigma and other barriers to care
Road map for getting help
Types of treatment offered: the cold, hard facts
Disability and treatment
Acceptance: Living and Coping with Major Losses
Understanding the emotions of loss
Exploring the connections between complex and primary emotions
Letting go of unanswerable questions
Coping with grief and survivor's guilt
Accepting other difficult events that happened in combat
Navigation Strategies for Spouses, Partners, and Family Members
Deployment affects everyone
Your strength and independence
Tapping into your resources
Strengthening your relationship and considerations for coping with postwar reactions of your warrior
Considerations for coping with infidelity
Helping your children cope with the stresses of deployment and transition
V = The "V"s!-Vision, Voice, Village, Joie de Vivre, Victory
About the Author
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