PTSD one way to cope

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This #soldier is helping his #PTSD by helping other #warriors cope w/ #mentalillness. He has found a purpose in helping others #combat #suicide. PTSD is internal, but in many cases coping is external. I wish #katespade #anthonybourdian could had found an outlet to help themselves

 

Code Red

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I think all branches of the US military have their own silenced version of Code Red. In the Navy if a sailor is a dirty but or dirt bag his rack (bed) is washed not in a very nice way and if he doesn’t get the point then he gets the 250 psi (pound per square inch) fire house bath. That one hurts.

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Helping prevent suicide among veterans. Because ONE suicide among veterans is too many.

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Thank You For Your Service: How Disabled Veterans Can Thrive as Business Owners

Veterans are some of our nation’s most brave and generous souls. From the military to the navy, from the air force to the marines, our veterans literally risked their lives so that their fellow citizens could continue living in a safe and prosperous nation.

Sadly, many veterans return home after serving their country with physical and mental health issues that can lead to other more serious issues such as suicidal thoughts and substance abuse, and possibly even a sense of uncertainty about what to do next. For wounded veterans who must now learn to live with disabilities, it can feel like hope is lost for reclaiming the lives they enjoyed before.

Thanks to government assistance programs and advances in modern technology, many veterans – including those with mental health issues and physical disabilities – are finding new freedom as business owners. In fact, if every disabled veteran in the United States started his or her own business this year, it would bring an additional 3.8 million businesses into the nation’s economy.

It’s a fact that many veterans are not only turning their lives around as entrepreneurs; many are also thriving in happy, fulfilled lifestyles and relationships. If you or a loved one are a wounded veteran considering taking taking the plunge into business ownership, here are a few things to consider:

What type of business do you want to run?

Your very first step on the path to entrepreneurship should be your business idea. What type of business do you want to run? What industry would be a good fit for you? Will you build your own idea from scratch, assist the government with a project, or open a franchise?

Veterans should also take their physical health, mental health, location and interests into consideration when deciding on the right business idea. Here’s a great list of business ideas for veterans, if you need help brainstorming.

Who are your ideal clients?

Will you continue to collaborate with the government as a contractor? This can be an easy transition for many veterans. Many of these government contracts are in high demand and include great pay and benefits.

If government contracting is not for you, you could also consider making money from your passions. Many veterans are choosing to open retail stores or selling crafts online. Wheelchair-bound veterans may be happy to know that online businesses could be a great fit for them. By taking a moment to consider your industry and the types of clients you want to work with, you can help narrow your focus and set your future business up for success!

How will you secure funding?

Financing a new business is a hurdle many business owners need some assistance overcoming – and the same is true for veterans. Luckily, the government and the Veteran’s Health Administration are here to help. The United States government offers a variety of grants for new business owners, and some of these are specifically reserved for veterans interested in opening their own businesses.

If you apply for a grant and are turned down, don’t fret. Angel investors and venture capital are two other ways to raise money to launch a new business idea. Of course, it’s important to realize that not all cities have angel investors or venture capitalists. Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to travel out of state to pitch your idea to investors.

What are you waiting for?

As you can see, there are many options for veterans looking to open their own business. Disabled veterans should not despair; entrepreneurship can be a fulfilling pathway into a free and happy life after serving your country. Although you might have to put a bit more thought into your business strategy as a disabled veteran, the rewards of running your own business are well worth it.

PTSD Facts in mobile app

In this tab you can find some general information about PTSD and some other links for more information. You can also find a FREE book, Making People Change by Dr. Steve Rose. The book is not a PTSD but it has useful information to deal with people with mental health. Dr. Rose is a Dr in sociology and he has a blog where he presences the effects of society on PTSD.

Re-charge 

Dear community,Thank you so much for stopping by! It has been my dream and a goal of mine to have a place where important and potentially life-saving information can be shared. This is why I started this blog. I hope you have found the information to be helpful for yourself or a loved one, and have been able to share with anyone who may benefit from it. Please continue to stop by and share. Over the next 10 business days I will be practicing some self-care by spending time visiting my family out of state. My plan is to resume posting 10/9/17 Until then, be well. 

Sexual Desire, Function and Combat PTSD

While it’s something that many people don’t want to talk about, sex matters to people. Sexual function and sexual desire can be important parts of a person’s life, particularly if he or she is in a relationship. And, unfortunately, what we know is that combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects a veteran’s sexual desire and sexual function in negative ways. In fact, some studies have showed such a correlation between sexual dysfunction and PTSD that some have proposed making it an official, diagnostic criteria.

Sexual Desire and Combat PTSD

Sexual desire, is, of course, one’s desire for sexual relations and whether one has a partner or not, this can be important. In a 2014 study, Problems in Sexual Functioning among Male OEF/OIF Veterans Seeking Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress, 63% of male veterans in the study reported sexual desire problems. Of those with partners, 72% reported a lack of sexual desire. According to the study, white race, combat exposure, social support, and avoidance/numbing symptoms predicted a lack of sexual desire. The 2008 study Sexual Functioning in War Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, found that veterans with PTSD had significantly reduced sexual activity including sexual fantasies, foreplay, oral sex, and intercourse, in the previous month. Veterans cited their own health problems as the reason for reduced sexual activity.

It’s not clear why veterans with combat PTSD experience a loss in sexual desire but I suspect the above study may have hit on one main reason: the PTSD symptoms of avoidance/numbing. These symptoms often produce a lack of emotional intimacy in relationships and it only stands to reason that sexual intimacy would also be reduced.

Sexual Function and Combat PTSD

Unfortunately, sexual desire and sexual function can be impacted by combat posttraumatic stress disorder. Learn what to do about combat PTSD and sex.Several studies have focused on physical, sexual dysfunction in combat PTSD veterans. In Problems in Sexual Functioning among Male OEF/OIF Veterans Seeking Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress, an official erectile dysfunction diagnosis was present in 12% of male combat veterans while sexual arousal problems were present in 62% of partnered veterans.

In the 2002 study Sexual Dysfunction in Combat Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, “patients [combat veterans] with PTSD had poorer scores on overall satisfaction and orgasmic function and showed trends toward poorer scores on intercourse satisfaction and erectile function.” In this study, erectile dysfunction rate was 85% in veterans with PTSD while it was 22% in veterans without PTSD.

Medication, Sexual Function, Desire and Combat PTSD

It is not known why sexual desire and sexual function are so impeded in veterans with combat PTSD but part of the reason may be medication-related. Antidepressant therapy is common in combat PTSD treatment and this medication may impact desire, arousal, and sexual functioning.

How to Improve Sexual Desire and Functioning in Combat PTSD

Medication can address some sexual dysfunction issues and if the sexual function or arousal is being impacted due to a PTSD medication, a change in medication can often solve the problem. Many choices of medication exist so, in general, veterans should not have to live with this side effect.

Additionally, there is research that suggests that treating the underlying combat PTSD will correct the problems in sexual desire and function. This makes perfect sense. As other PTSD symptoms lessen, so do these ones.

Psychotherapy for combat PTSD is also often helpful in addressing these types of issues.

However, none of this help can be employed if the combat veteran is not open about what is happening for him or her so my biggest piece of advice for veterans experiencing reduced sexual desire or functioning is to be open with his or her healthcare provider so that you can look for a solution together. And remember: this, too, can be a symptom of combat PTSD and is not your fault.

 

https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/understandingcombatptsd/2015/01/sexual-desire-function-and-combat-ptsd/

What is a Healthy Identity?

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ve probably noticed I have been thinking about the concept of ‘identity’ quite a bit. I’ve tried to define my concept of …

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