My Interview on PTSD

I was recently interviewed for television in New Zealand about my journey so far and how living with PTSD affects not only me but also my wife, my children, and so many other aspects of my life on a day to day basis.

It’s about 5 minutes long, and includes some footage of my wife Nancy discussing our journey – please take a minute to watch and share if you think this might also help benefit someone else dealing with the effects of PTSD.

 

The Recovery Village

Substance Abuse Resources for Veterans

They volunteered their time and service to our country. They sacrificed their comfort and peace of mind. “They” are the veterans of the United States military. Many men and women retire from the military with memories they wish they didn’t have. For many of them, these plaguing thoughts have the power to wreak havoc on their lives and those of their loved ones. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a result of various mental disorders associated with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help.

Are you a veteran struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)? Are you a friend or other loved one of a veteran, and you want to learn more about substance use and PTSD among veterans or the ways you can help them? If so, you’ll find the answers to your questions on this page, including information on rehab centers and VA options. 

You can contact them via the link below.

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/contact

Two amazing websites on information and tools for those suffering with substance abuse, addiction and treatment.

I would like to add 2 websites from DrugRehab.com in the US.  Although this is a US website it has some  I encourage you to spread the word and use these websites.

PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

This and many more articles from the official page of the US Military Health System (Health.mil)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound. Scientifically researched and proven methods for treating PTSD work by getting the patient to confront and learn to process the trauma causing their symptoms. The process can start by talking with anyone, like a health care provider, chaplain or even just a friend. (U.S. Army photo)

The battle after the war

As troops return to the Middle East, the true cost of our decade at war is just beginning to be felt at home. Kumi Taguchi goes inside the PTSD healing process.

Credits ABC (Australian Broadcasting Network)

Journalist, researcher: Kumi Taguchi
Photographer, producer: Tim Leslie
Photographer: Karen Brookes
Designer, photo post-production: Ben Spraggon
Developer: Colin Gourlay
Editors: Cristen Tilley & Matthew Liddy
Commissioning editor: Eric Napper

PTSD: A Growing Epidemic

Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD ) among military personnel to the attention of the American people as never before. But PTSD is also found among survivors of natural disasters, victims of crime, and many others who have experienced traumatic events.

 

Upcoming launch of my new book

My journey through PTSD: Just finished talking with my publishing coach and I am happy to announce that I have FINISHED my book – the manuscript is sitting at 30,000 words, translating to approx 150 PAGES – plus another 6,000 extra material provided by my gorgeous wife Nanc, which instead of being the introduction will now be a bonus 3 chapters at the back section of the book. The writing is complete, now it’s time to EDIT, FORMAT, PRODUCE and then PUBLISH!

Canadian army culture rife with prejudice against seeking PTSD help, says veteran

Retired warrant officer Andy Godin vividly remembers the warm night he got  off the plane, returning from the cauldron of shellfire and snipers that was  Sarajevo.

A non-commissioned officer dragged a chair to the centre of the hangar, stood  on it and told hundreds of assembled troops that if anyone had any problem with  their “melon” to see the social workers who were waiting in the wings.

Nobody moved. Nobody dared move.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/story.html?id=8467742#ixzz2WVphPANb

Canadian army culture rife with prejudice against seeking PTSD help, says veteran

Psychiatrist warns bureaucracy is worsening veterans’ PTSD

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast: 06/06/2013

Reporter: Michael Brissenden

With post traumatic stress disorder now thought to be more deadly for veterans than the war they served in, a leading trauma psychiatrist says Veterans Affairs’ bureaucracy is making the situation worse.

 

Psychiatrist warns bureaucracy is worsening veterans’ PTSD

Hundreds of soldiers help send off Sapper David Wood

Another Australian soldier has committed suicide,

Defence ‘all talk, no action’ on PTSD

Defence ‘all talk, no action’ on PTSD: Afghanistan war veterans . Michael Clarke and Tim  Wilson at Mates 4 Mates recovery centre. Picture: Mark Calleja