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

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

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by Charles W. Hoge, John Pruden
     
 

Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that Colonel
Charles W. Hoge, M.D., a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone.

In clear, practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options.
Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other's experience, especially living with enduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as
"symptoms" back home. The heart of this book focuses on what's necessary to successfully navigate
the transition—"LANDNAV" for the home front.



Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior
shows how a warrior's knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in an insane world.

Overview

Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that Colonel
Charles W. Hoge, M.D., a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone.

In clear, practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options.
Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other's experience, especially living with enduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as
"symptoms" back home. The heart of this book focuses on what's necessary to successfully navigate
the transition—"LANDNAV" for the home front.



Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior
shows how a warrior's knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in an insane world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A workmanlike but user-friendly guide for returning combat vets experiencing a broad variety of adjustment problems." —Library Journal
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452657547
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
04/23/2012
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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"A workmanlike but user-friendly guide for returning combat vets experiencing a broad variety of adjustment problems." —-Library Journal

Meet the Author

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. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, 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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