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.
Now in it's 8th year of delivering equine assisted services, Minds-n-Motion effectively assists active duty/retired service members in overcoming the limitations that accompany trauma related experiences. Experiential in design our work incorporates horses with proven psychotherapeutic interventions
Finding ways to motivate and encourage members separating from the military and veterans to pursue training in 'helping professions' such as mental health, social work, and peer mentorship as a method to help their fellow veterans and have a hugely therapeutic quality for the individual also.
I'm writing a travel blog that will highlight options for PTSD, MST & TBI recovery. The goal is to find complementary mental health services & alternative therapies that enhance quality of life for such veterans. As a LPCA (pending) I will also provide Skype counseling services to veterans like me.
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.
Healing Touch has been used with guided imagery at Camp Pendleton for post-deployment Marines from Afghanistan with PTSD symptoms, significantly reducing the symptoms. Healing Touch is an energy-based, non-invasive treatment that restores and balances the biofield to help decrease pain and anxiety.
Central to TRR's Warrior Camp® program is Trauma-Informed Equine Therapy - using horses unmounted and at liberty - to assist warriors resolve traumatic experiences, enhance resilience, and reduce suicides. Horses are inherently non-judgemental and have a profound impact on Moral Injury.
Safe equine activities and therapies provide benefits for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional issues. Horses require "in the moment" responses which allows relearning how it is to feel normal. Sequencing for persons with TBI helps cognitive processing. Equine emotional bonding is real
Friends, family members and relevant professionals jointly participate to coordinate, encourage and support TBI patient overall health adherence program. Medication adherence, appointment follow up, etc. are monitored for completion and "buddies" can be included real time, to step in and assist.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence based 8 week program created in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts medical school. This class helps veterans and military family members dealing with PTSD or other battle related issues.
Based on my reading of the book The Battle Inside~The Military Mental Health Crisis by Marjorie Morrison, I have come to the understanding that mental health of our military needs to be addressed BEFORE there is a crisis or a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI.
With other 3000 hours of research on the subject i know that HBOT is the ONLY therapy that can help rebuild a damaged brain. Studies in the US, Europe, Israel, Japan and China have proven this. Nutiritional supplement, Adjunctive therapies such as neurobiofeedback, hypnosis, are helpful for PTSD.
TBI lacks effective management that addresses the brain itself. When used in optimal doses, omega-3 fatty acids offer the advantage of neuroprotection, neuroinflammation, and neuroregeneration. Omega-3s are not a drug and not a cure, but provide the nutritional foundation for healing.
The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home project has been designed by Dr. Paula Caplan. It pairs non-veteran listeners with veterans on a voluntary basis
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?