Veterans with severe guilt over their combat experiences are likely to have punitive nightmares and are at highest risk for suicide. Understanding the subjective, perceptive experience of combat to the veteran is a crucial step to success in treating these veterans.
These "anything goes, its war" justifications begin to haunt us, though they shouldn't, because in the heat of battle anything does go. But, it bothers us, even though we're warriors, we're also human.
My definition of yoga has always had service at its core, but now I believe that as I teach yoga I am serving the communities that I teach in and the populations I teach.
How do we prevent these suicides? With more of our courageous warriors dying by their own hand than on the battlefield, it's obvious that our current approach isn't working.
Too many of you will have to spend the rest of your life trying to wade your way through a normalcy that will always be anything but normal to a soldier who has experienced war. My heart is for you. All of you.
Why are so many service members and veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war or from service-related stresses? There are many reasons, to be sure, but here are some we should keep in mind.
Tucking the box in the closet, as if the memories would remain trapped inside, I spoke about the events to no one. At that time, I had no idea I was on a path to self-destruction or how much my life will have changed over the coming year.
It is a responsibility of our whole society, especially of communities where veterans live and work. Yet, as many veterans attest, their struggle to come home after war is aggravated by civilians because we are largely clueless about what is truly required to bring people all the way home.
I have PTSD from hearing more than 100 stories of the same sickening abuse and blatant apathy -- holding dozens of survivors; talking dozens away from suicide. When I was asked how I have PTSD if I'm not a solider, I sank in my chair, ashamed and guilty for claiming a disability that plagued so many of our veterans.
A recent study published in Conflict and Health explores the traumatic stress of medics working in low-resource war-affected areas of Karen state, eastern Burma.
The good news is that we have very effective treatments for the full range of psychological injuries that lead to suicide. The bad news is that very few service members or veterans will receive them.
We all have many parts to our personalities and getting those parts to work in harmony is the essence of emotional health. Leave out certain voices and you're in for strikes, rebellions, hypocrisy, and, eventually, brutal attacks.
It was the day I'd been waiting for: I would meet my little girl and become a mom. I expected to experience joy, triumph in my strength as a woman, and overwhelming love as she entered the world. Instead, I experienced my daughter's birth in a state of terror, wondering if I would die.
The gun lobby has been enriching gun manufacturers at the expense of our children's safety for far too long. For years the National Rifle Association has blocked the truth and actively fought against the passage and enforcement of gun safety laws.
One of the results of traumatic experience for soldiers is addiction. Why are we asking American young men and women to fight for our country only to let them suffer after they have made their sacrifices?