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

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Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, thanthe time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that ColonelCharles W. Hoge, M.D., a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mentalhealth care, presents Once a Warrior-Alwaysa Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyonewho has ever returned home from a war zone.In clear, practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combatstress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic ...

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Overview

Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, thanthe time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that ColonelCharles W. Hoge, M.D., a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mentalhealth care, presents Once a Warrior-Alwaysa Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyonewho has ever returned home from a war zone.In clear, practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combatstress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic braininjury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options.Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, hehelps them better understand each other's experience, especially living withenduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as"symptoms" back home. The heart of this book focuses on what'snecessary to successfully navigatethe transition-"LANDNAV" for the home front.Once a Warrior-Always a Warriorshows how a warrior's knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in aninsane world.

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"A workmanlike but user-friendly guide for returning combat vets experiencing a broad variety of adjustment problems." —-Library Journal
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Retired army physician Hoge (research director, Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Walter Reed Army Inst. of Research) addresses the psychological problems returning combat veterans face and the social stigma attached to seeking mental health care. As a remedy, he redefines their symptoms as a physiological condition including behaviors that had been necessary for combat survival but are less functional in a civilian setting. Beginning with a discussion of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), including incidence, checklists of symptoms, causes, and associated conditions, and the current professional debate over whether combat-related reactions are based on psychological (PTSD) or physical causes (MTBI), Hoge then presents his own system for managing transition problems. Skills for life survival, managing stress, monitoring feelings and emotions, and navigating the mental health-care system are outlined. Strategies for family members are offered, and the book concludes with a section on loss and coping. VERDICT More self-help and less policy-oriented than Victor Montgomery III's Healing Suicidal Veterans, this work addresses a similar audience by using the language of military camaraderie and acknowledging that war changes people in ways only other warriors may fully grasp. A workmanlike but user-friendly guide for returning combat vets experiencing a broad variety of adjustment problems.—Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452637549
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/23/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Hoge, M.D., is a nationally known expert on post-traumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, and other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related conditions. Dr. Hoge's expertise spans psychiatry, trauma, public health, health policy, and infectious diseases. His articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association are the most frequently cited medical articles about the impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2002 through 2009, Dr. Hoge directed the top U.S. research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He served as an attending psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, providing treatment to warriors and family members. He continues working with service members, veterans, and family members, and continues to be a passionate advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health care. Dr. Hoge has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and he has appeared on a number of radio and television programs, including The Diane Rehm Show, The Paula Zahn Show, and Talk of the Nation. John Pruden is a professional voice actor who records audiobooks, corporate and online training narrations, animation and video game characters, and radio and TV commercials. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life---from his wide array of jobs early in life; to his Army service as a UH-60 Black Hawk assault helicopter pilot; to his travels through forty-four U.S. states, South America, Europe, and Asia; to his experience in professional improv and competitive singing---provides a solid creative foundation from which to draw for his intelligent audiobook narrations and gritty but sensitive vocal characterizations. His audiobooks include The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, which was chosen by the Washington Post as the best audiobook of 2011.

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