xxiii, 303 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 278-293) and index.
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 -- Skill 1: become more aware of your reactions by writing about them -- Skill 2: learn to accept your reactions without judgment or anger -- Skill 3: improve physical conditioning and relax muscle tension -- Skill 4: improve sleep -- Skill 5: learn how alcohol or drugs affect your reactions -- Attend to and modulate your reactions -- Skill 1: learn to pay attention to your physiological reactions and anxiety level -- Skill 2: learn to pay attention to your feelings and emotions -- Skill 3: create space between your reactions to stressful events and behaviors -- Skill 4: learn to monitor and eliminate "should" and related words or phrases -- Skill 5: notice your breathing -- Skill 6: improve your focus and attention through meditation and mindfulness -- Narrate your story -- Deal with stressful situations -- Skill 1: resiliency inoculation training (facing your fears) -- Skill 2: dealing with the "stupid stuff" people do -- Skill 3: dealing with more-serious situations involving people -- Skill 4: 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 -- Skill 1: understanding the emotions of loss -- Skill 2: exploring the connections between complex and primary emotions -- Skill 3: letting go of unanswerable questions -- Skill 4: coping with grief and survivor's guilt -- Skill 5: 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.
With this book, Dr. Hoge reaches out to a larger community of veterans and their families, helping family members to gain greater understanding of ways they can help their loved ones navigate the "PTSD paradox" while also helping veterans cope with combat stress and PTSD through a set of specific skills.
Fox Valley Technical College