Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-step Mission to Health

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David Cifu and Cory Blake work at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, one of only four comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient centers of excellence for polytrauma in the country providing intensive rehabilitation care to veterans and service members who experienced injuries to multiple organ systems. This type of injury that results in physical, cognitive, psychological, and functioning deficits has been termed as Post-Deployment Syndrome. The high numbers of soldiers with ...

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Overview

David Cifu and Cory Blake work at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, one of only four comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient centers of excellence for polytrauma in the country providing intensive rehabilitation care to veterans and service members who experienced injuries to multiple organ systems. This type of injury that results in physical, cognitive, psychological, and functioning deficits has been termed as Post-Deployment Syndrome. The high numbers of soldiers with these types of multiple injuries has been a hallmark of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Overcoming Post Deployment Syndrome is a comprehensive guide for servicemembers, Veterans and their families dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injury, and substance abuse. It offers a practical blend of state-of-the-art traditional and holistic medicine, and teaches the value of mindfulness, movement, psychotherapeutic, and creative arts practices, as well as active engagement and partnership with clinicians in one's own health care. The men and women of the Armed Services have trained in the art of war. This book offers training in the art of healing. Those that learn, understand, and apply the principles within will discover that warriors can excel at both the art of war and the art of healing.

Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome provides:

  • Personal vignettes of servicemembers who are going through the process of successfully reintegrating into their families, workplaces, and communities.
  • A twelve-week basic training in self-directed healing arts.
  • A wealth of community and government resources, tips, and suggestions.
  • The means to integrate traditional and complementary medicine techniques to treat common symptoms.

David Cifu and Cory Blake have been at the forefront of treating Veterans and servicemembers and know what the issues are and have real-world answers. Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome empowers Veterans, servicemembers and their families to prevent combat stresses from having a lasting negative impact.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This guide is a must-have for all of those affected by Post-Deployment Syndrome."-Felise Zollman, MD, Co-project Director, Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

"Drawing from and integrating Eastern, Western, and pop culture philosophies, this is a wellness handbook that will take you from the problems of post deployment through the journey of healing to preparation for your next mission: the successful life you've earned."-Amy Bowles, MD, Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

"The road to recovery takes time, effort, patience and understanding from our wounded warriors, their families, and health care providers alike. ...A very unique feature of this book is the authors' ability to present evidence-based information without jargon or dry data. Instead, the book was written from the perspectives of our service members and veterans who were wounded in combat, by experts who specialize in their clinical care In essence, the book is a crystallization of evidence-based care, with helpful tips in the diagnosis and treatment of post-deployment syndrome."-Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultant, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers, Honolulu, HI

" ...a melding of medical, psychological, movement therapies, self-realization and actuation advice, as well as common sense suggestions to dealing with the devastation of PDS for both warriors and their families. An important contribution to those who have served in our military as well as a guidebook to getting back on life's path."-Nathan Zasler, MD, author of Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice

" ...provides our veterans with gritty, practical advice to enable them in one of their most important missions: dragging themselves back inside the wire."-Mary Muscari, PhD and author of the forthcoming What Nurses Know PTSD

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Reviewer: Zachary McCormick, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book provides a practical and step-wise approach to overcoming post-deployment syndrome through symptom recognition and understanding, followed by techniques for optimizing the health of the mind and body.
Purpose: Verbatim: "The goal of this book is to teach you the techniques to help you rebuild, to aid you in your comeback, and to allow you to return to your own greatness." These are absolutely worthy objectives, and the book provides information that will help readers in accomplishing these tasks.
Audience: Although written for war veterans who suffer from post-deployment syndrome and their families, this book is also useful for healthcare professionals who care for these patients.
Features: It discusses symptom awareness and understanding of post-development syndrome in a way that laypersons can understand this constellation of symptoms. It then discusses mindfulness, meditation, and reflective techniques which may be useful as tools for coping with these symptoms. It provides information about how to live a healthy lifestyle with regards to sleep, exercise, and nutrition in the context of this syndrome and as a way of recovering. The book at times uses hard-edged language that clearly appeals to seasoned war veterans. While casual readers may be slightly turned off by the occasionally mildly crass language, they are not the intended readers. This is much more of a self-help/workbook for war veterans. The key points and summaries interspersed throughout are helpful and aid in breaking up large chunks of text. That said, the book is a bit text-heavy, especially since it gives the appearance of a workbook. Sections with pictures work well, and the authors may consider adding more pictures and more diagrams or schematics in future editions to make the book more visually appealing and reader-friendly for the target audience.
Assessment: I have not come across any similar books. This one fills a gap and does a good job of accomplishing its mission.
Advance
"This guide is a must-have for all of those affected by Post-Deployment Syndrome."-Felise Zollman, MD, Co-project Director, Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

"Drawing from and integrating Eastern, Western, and pop culture philosophies, this is a wellness handbook that will take you from the problems of post deployment through the journey of healing to preparation for your next mission: the successful life you've earned."-Amy Bowles, MD, Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

"The road to recovery takes time, effort, patience and understanding from our wounded warriors, their families, and health care providers alike. ...A very unique feature of this book is the authors' ability to present evidence-based information without jargon or dry data. Instead, the book was written from the perspectives of our service members and veterans who were wounded in combat, by experts who specialize in their clinical care In essence, the book is a crystallization of evidence-based care, with helpful tips in the diagnosis and treatment of post-deployment syndrome."-Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultant, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers, Honolulu, HI

" ...a melding of medical, psychological, movement therapies, self-realization and actuation advice, as well as common sense suggestions to dealing with the devastation of PDS for both warriors and their families. An important contribution to those who have served in our military as well as a guidebook to getting back on life's path."-Nathan Zasler, MD, author of Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice

" ...provides our veterans with gritty, practical advice to enable them in one of their most important missions: dragging themselves back inside the wire."-Mary Muscari, PhD and author of the forthcoming What Nurses Know PTSD

From the Publisher
"This guide is a must-have for all of those affected by Post-Deployment Syndrome."—Felise Zollman, MD, Co-project Director, Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

“Drawing from and integrating Eastern, Western, and pop culture philosophies, this is a wellness handbook that will take you from the problems of post deployment through the journey of healing to preparation for your next mission: the successful life you've earned.”—Amy Bowles, MD, Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

"The road to recovery takes time, effort, patience and understanding from our wounded warriors, their families, and health care providers alike…A very unique feature of this book is the authors' ability to present evidence-based information without jargon or dry data. Instead, the book was written from the perspectives of our service members and veterans who were wounded in combat, by experts who specialize in their clinical care… In essence, the book is a crystallization of evidence-based care, with helpful tips in the diagnosis and treatment of post-deployment syndrome.“—Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultant, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers, Honolulu, HI

“… a melding of medical, psychological, movement therapies, self-realization and actuation advice, as well as common sense suggestions to dealing with the devastation of PDS for both warriors and their families. An important contribution to those who have served in our military…as well as a guidebook to getting back on life's path”—Nathan Zasler, MD, author of Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice

“…provides our veterans with gritty, practical advice to enable them in one of their most important missions: dragging themselves back inside the wire.”—Mary Muscari, PhD and author of the forthcoming What Nurses Know…PTSD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303045
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 296,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David X. Cifu, MD is Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, National Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterans Health Administration, Executive Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Traumatic Brain Injury (Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference) published by Demos Medical Publishing.

Cory Blake is an Authorized Continuum Movemnet Teacher, Music and Movement Therapist, at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Ploytrauma Center, Richmond, VA.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Putting It All Together: A Holistic System for Health 1

2 Post-deployment Syndrome: The Illness of War 15

3 Military and Veteran Health Care Systems: A Traditional Approach 37

4 A New Model of Wellness (Rebuilding the Warrior) 51

5 First Step: Understanding Your Body's Symptoms 67

6 Second Step: Discovering Your Strengths and Resources 93

7 Applying Healing Principles 119

8 Re-establishing Normalcy 151

9 Creativity: Integrating Health into Your Life 177

10 Resuming the Productive Mission: Basic Training 197

11 The Return of the Warrior: A Lifetime of Success 221

Resources 237

Index 241

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

    A must read resource

    A practical, no-nonsense guidebook for soldiers, marines, airmen, seamen and Veterans who have been exposed to the trauma of war, as well as the family members, caregivers, and clinicians trying to help them. Written in a down to earth tone that is direct but never condescending, these authors provide a structured approach to helping people affected by trauma, whether physically or psychologically. Their positive approach to re-engagement with life and real-world empowerment is inspiring. A must have and must read for all those who have been affected by war, combat or trauma.

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