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USAF Staff Sergeant Adam Watson joined the military just before 9/11 to find a sense of direction as a young adult. He was trained as a linguist and worked in intelligence. He found purpose and fulfillment in his mission to target terrorists but at a high cost. His time in service took a toll on him and, eventually, his family.
Hear how Home Base, a part of the Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network, helped Adam treat his depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and other complementary therapies in their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). For information about treatments for PTSD please visit The Treatment Hub: https://www.brainline.org/treatment/ Don’t forget to like and subscribe! Information about Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE): https://www.brainline.org/treatment/pe Home Base in Boston, MA, USA: https://homebase.org/ Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/warrior-care-network Website: https://www.BrainLine.org Donate: https://tinyurl.com/BrainLineDonation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brainline Twitter: https://twitter.com/brainline LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brainline.org/
U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Veteran Nick Morrison's Humvee was hit by improvised explosive devices twice while he was deployed in Iraq. When he got home, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) became debilitating. Nick shares how his survivor's guilt and moral injury caused his PTSD and how WWP’s Road Home Program helped him heal.
A surprising thing happened when researchers began exploring whether early-life stress compounds the effects of a childhood head injury on health and behavior later in life: In an animal study, stress changed the activation level of many more genes in the brain than were changed by a bump to the head.
This month has been a whirlwind of pain, triggers, and generally not great behavior from both Russ and myself. Our eldest daughter, Elizabeth Shade-Ware, died unexpectedly in her sleep. Suffice it to say, I am a wreck...
Her husband was different when he came home from his deployment. Jenna married the love of her life, Isaac, in the United States Navy. He returned home from Afghanistan a changed man. Jenna started feeling stressed out herself.
Army veteran Victor Hurtado has had a very successful career as a musician, producer, and talent coach, but suffered from emotional challenges living with PTSD. It wasn’t until he met Holly that he began to find hope for greater happiness in his life.
Veterans taking part in Warrior Care Network receive a year’s worth of mental health care during a 2-3 week intensive outpatient program (IOP) using evidenced-based treatments and alternative therapies.
“During pregnancy, a mother celebrates the journey with family and friends — think baby names, baby showers, nurseries, tiny clothes … smiles from strangers and proud hands on an ever-expanding belly. The journey of being pregnant is both personal and public. So, what should be one of the most magical experiences shared with family, friends, and colleagues becomes one of private emotional and physical trauma in a closed room, an experience that is then often not acknowledged nor spoken about. The mother returns home still looking pregnant, her hormones still acting as if she is pregnant, but her arms and heart are empty.”
Trauma can be a strange and often insidious beast. We can be traumatized by directly being impacted by an event like a violent physical attack, a rape, a natural disaster, or an experience in combat, but we can also be traumatized indirectly by caring for, hearing about, or witnessing the intense suffering of others. Both the direct and indirect impact of traumatic events can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Open therapeutic discussion works. It’s like you’re in the woods, it’s pitch-black, there are noises and shadows … and it’s just you, alone, with your one beam of flashlight light bouncing around as you turn this way and that, fight or flight. It’s terrifying. It’s a lot less scary if you’ve got 20 buddies at your side, 20 flashlights that can easily illuminate the forest for what it is, yes, noises and shadows, but once revealed, not so frightening at all. So, all this listening, talking, and sharing made possible by gaming and streaming worked for me and there are a lot of people out there struggling in similar ways who can similarly heal."
It is important to understand that no two people experience such horrific exposure in the same way. The extent of the trauma, stress or fear can vary. Survivors of a shooting may want to avoid the neighborhood where the shooting occurred or the context related to shooting, such as grocery stores, if the shooting happened at one. In the worst case, a survivor may develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
William "Bill" Jones joined the United States Army in response to the attacks on 9/11. After several deployments anger, anxiety, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were taking over and he retired from active duty.