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  • Don’t Let TBI, PTSD Keep You from Academic Success
    Chalkboard with the words back to school on it
    Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

    Returning to school after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be overwhelming. Noisy settings may become problematic, complex tasks may become hard to follow, and socializing with instructors and peers may not come as easy. But if you are a student living with TBI or PTSD, you can still achieve academic success. 

    Common Struggles for Students

    Depending on your injury and where you are in the recovery process, you will likely perform at a different level than before your injury. You may notice new challenges with learning and studying that you didn’t have before. .

     

  • People with PTSD May Have Overactive ‘Fight or Flight’ Response
    U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

    Imagine you are in a life-threatening situation. You survey your surroundings and play out various scenarios in your mind. You have seconds to decide how to protect yourself. Do you run away or do you fight your way to safety? How you react to this situation is your intuitive “fight or flight” response.

    What is ‘Fight or Flight’?

    Your fight or flight response occurs when tough situations or stressors challenge or threaten your mind and body. Although the fight or flight response is “normal”, service members and combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have an elevated fight or flight response.

  • Updated PTSD Clinical Guidelines Feature New Research, Recommendations
    Thumbnail of the PTSD guidelines with the word updated stamped across it.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    Medical research results often lead to changes in health care. The Deployment Health Clinical Center recently released a Clinician’s Corner article to highlight the most recent clinical guidelines for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • 6 Ways to Avoid Isolation This Summer
    Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry

    Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues can leave you feeling disconnected, isolated, disengaged and lonely. Here are some ways to reconnect with yourself and others this summer:

    Engage and Reconnect

    Make time to spend with family and friends. Take a summer day trip or vacation with your family. Stay local and hang out with friends at a barbecue. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology developed the Positive Activity Jackpot app as a tool for pleasant event scheduling in your area. The app allows you to plan group activities in a simple, helpful way. Give yourself permission to leave if an event becomes overwhelming, but make the commitment to go connect for a bit.

  • Military Health Experts Tweet to Raise Awareness for PTSD

    Is it #PTSD or Stress - PTSD Awareness Day Twitter Chat image

    “Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is treatable.” Military health experts shared this message with more than 250,000 Twitter users during a live chat June 27. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the event to connect with members of the military community to talk about stress and PTSD.

    June 27 marked the 7th annual National PTSD Awareness Day recognized by the president. This is noteworthy because until recently, medical information or treatment for PTSD was very limited.

    Today, we know that 149,000 active-duty service members received a PTSD diagnosis in the Military Health System from 2000 to 2014. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women twice as likely as men to develop the disorder.

     

  • Need PTSD Treatment? OASIS Now Accepting Applicants
    Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

    The Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) Program located at Naval Medical Center San Diego is now accepting new patients. The residential program is designed to help active-duty service members coping with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) secondary to combat/operationally-related trauma. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Erin Simmons, division officer of OASIS describes the program in a recent Deployment Health Clinical Center blog post.

     

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