Alternative Therapies for Veterans with PTSD

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There are more than fifty thousand veterans in the United States today. A significant portion of which have experienced, in one way or another, a sort of unforgettable and traumatic event during their tour of duty. When these incidents create frequent and negative emotional personal responses, coupled with physical injury and other physical or psychological illnesses, a person is most …

Thought for the day – Charles Bukowski

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The worst day of our lives is only 24 hours. The worst hour of our lives is only 60 minutes. The worst minute of our life is only 60 seconds. We’ve all been there before and we’ve all made it to the other side–never forget that.

Can Stress Make Us More Creative? Writing, Art, And Combat Veterans…

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I was recently watching this Ted Talk titled “How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative”and the talk is basically about exactly what the title describes: How frustration, those hair-pulling moments, can actually lead us to some of our greatest moments of creativity. This got me thinking about combat veterans and why I’m seeing so many of them turn to the …

Thought For the Day – Alden Nowlan (Growing up in War)

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This quote, by the poet Alden Nowlan, really hit me at the right moment in my life. Recently, I had been reminiscing about my time in the military, particularly Iraq, and I felt this quote captured something that I had been trying to piece together for many years… When I had first deployed to Iraq, I was only twenty years old. At that point, …

Thought for the day – Staff Sergeant Old School

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Another quote from Staff Sergeant Old School that’s spot on. I was never in a rifle platoon, but I did serve in the U.S. army and work in a medical unit in Iraq. And I can tell you from first hand experience, that even in war, I never laughed harder than with some of my army buddies. You’re working 24hour shifts, going …

Thought for the day – Charles Bukowski

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We must ask ourselves these questions: Will death welcome us, or will we welcome death? Will death scare us, or will death be scared of us? I know what I’d chose, what about you? [This Bukowski quote/phrase was originally shown to me as a poem (however, the quote feature did not allow me to break it down by stanza); I …

How Stoic Philosophy Can Help Veterans With PTSD

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We all have a natural tendency to respond to various situations in different ways. Of course, that’s what makes us human. The flight or fight response is one of the body’s natural responses that occurs when triggered by a specific situation. When a person becomes scared or feels threatened, the body’s normal function amplify, helping the body prepare itself to …

Thought for the Day – The Iliad

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In one way or another I’ve said this quote to myself thousands of times throughout the years. I think every soldier has a similar quote they repeat to themselves. The military is tough, there’s no question about it. From basic training, to war, and then coming home. But the best thing it is that when struggles do arrive, as soldiers, …

How Writing can Help Veterans with PTSD?

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that results from a highly stressful, traumatic, and life-threatening experience. It is important to note that not every individual who experiences a traumatic event will suffer from PTSD. It all depends on the mental state, overall mental health of the sufferer, the trigger, as well as other risk factors that an individual …