PTSD and TBI are associated with high stress levels as is military life for active military and dependents as well. Science tells us that stress denies the pre-frontal cortex of sufficient blood to maintain our highest executive functions. When stressed we are "stupid" unable to operate at peak.
CR is a non-linear, sequencing model for decreasing repetitive behaviors. Using the 5 senses as descriptors for memories, we look for missing or odd information getting us to the unknown core block that is driving these behaviors. CR is successful on 5 continents, in 9 countries and 22 US States.
Ignorance is always our worst enemy. Wars are won because we know our enemy and we can anticipate their next move. Education with an emphasis on destigmatization of PTSD and TBI before deployment is the key. Without it, how can we expect our servicemen to know how to battle their mental injuries?
I am not a medical professional but have saved a life with CPR. I propose a CPR type training helps people create a bridge between those affected with PTSD/TBI and Medical providers. Something simple like: (RULE)- R (recognize) U (understand) L (listen) E (encourage). It would empower and assist.
What is PTSD, why do they have it, why is it doing stuff to them and what can they do to heal. A spouse doesn't have to experience combat to understand what it is putting their veteran through. They want to help but don't know how. Families like mine have been doing it since the 1984.
Caregivers know little about TBI. They don't understand why their loved ones act & communicate they way they do & often respond negatively; impacting their relationship. They are unfamiliar with their loved one's treatments. They have lost support from family & friends because of behavioral issues.
A three-month deep briefing required before honorary discharge from the military. My son is a veteran from the United States Marine Corps. The USMC tells our soldiers if they get help they are a week person. Same day access for help with sucide thoughts and therapy help. Waiting too long is deadly.
My husband could not attend funerals where the casket was open for viewing because he could smell the dead body. Collecting anecdotal behaviors from spouses or caregivers and sharing that information would help people understand why veterans who have survived combat have different social cues..
Distribution of PH and TBI preventive materials to Service Academies, ROTC units and USUHS
Distribution of PH and TBI preventive materials to Fairfax County schools and coaches