Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

If you see a patient in the emergency department who is a veteran struggling with depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, suicidal thoughts or other issues, they may call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255. It is staffed around the clock. They can also chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net.

Symptoms of PTSD  

  • Shame, guilt
  • Anger about betrayal-based moral injuries
  • Purposelessness or social instability caused by a breakdown in standards and values
  • Withdrawal and self-condemnation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Alcohol or substance abuse problems
  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks
  • Physical sensations when reminded of the event, such as sweating and difficulty breathing
  • Detachment from people
  • Sleeplessness
  • Jumpiness
  • Hypervigilance
  • Alcohol or substance abuse problems
    Source: U.S. Veterans Affairs Department

New effort at TCU focuses on combat veterans' spiritual wounds 
With the opening of the Soul Repair Center, Fort Worth is now on the front line of trying to understand, research and treat "moral injuries" that can involve guilt, shame, grief and betrayal.
According to its website, the Soul Repair Center is dedicated to research and public education about recovery from moral injury. 

Resources

National Center for PTSD
Provides information for the public and professional regarding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

AMA Resources 
Information, tools and training materials to help, asses and treat veterans and their families.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) was established in November 2007 to integrate knowledge and identify, evaluate and disseminate evidence based practices and standards for the treatment of psychological health and TBI within the Defense Department. DCoE is part of the Military Health System, which provides a ‘continuum of care’ – from initial accession to deployment to discharge. DCoE works across the entire continuum of care to promote resilience, rehabilitation and reintegration for warriors, families and veterans with psychological health concerns and traumatic brain injuries.

Center for Deployment Psychology
Offers information and research on the effects of deployment and PTSD.

National Institute of Mental Health – PTSD
Information on signs and symptoms, treatment, clinical trials and finding help for mental illnesses.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance
Provides several resources free of charge on understanding and treating PTSD

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