Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning by Keith Armstrong

By Keith Armstrong

The bravery displayed by means of our squaddies at conflict is often famous. although, usually forgotten is the braveness required by means of veterans once they go back domestic and without warning face reintegration into their households, offices, and groups. Authored by means of 3 psychological well-being pros with a long time of expertise counseling veterans, Courage After Fire presents concepts and strategies for this not easy trip home.
Courage After Fire bargains squaddies and their households a entire advisor to facing the all-too-common repercussions of wrestle responsibility, together with posttraumatic tension signs, nervousness, melancholy, and substance abuse. It info cutting-edge remedies for those problems and descriptions particular how you can increase couple and kin relationships. It additionally deals pointers on components similar to rejoining the crew and reconnecting with children.

“A the most important software for the boys and girls who've been serving our nation so VALIANTLY in the course of those prior years.”
Senator Bob Dole, from the foreword

“This impressive paintings may help the lads and ladies getting back from Iraq and Afghanistan locate the braveness to rebuild their lives and be successful.” —Honorable Anthony J. Principi, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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Depression As a Navy medic based at a military hospital outside Fallujah, Mitch treated Marines with extensive injuries. Some of them ended up dying. Before his deployment, Mitch had pitched for his Catskill, New York, softball team and enjoyed watching sporting events and going fishing with his friends. But since his return, Mitch doesn’t seem to enjoy much of anything, not even watching or playing sports. He doesn’t return his friends’ calls. In fact, he has a hard time getting out of bed. Mitch thinks often about how he “failed” those Marines who died and how he’s a “failure” today, unable to find work no matter how hard he tries.

R E A C T I O N S TO WA R ✦ 29 DEPRESSION AND TRAUMA Most anyone would recognize that Mitch is depressed—but what is depression, actually? Like anger, depression is not just a feeling, it’s a complex blend of thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physiological changes that work together to keep a person “stuck” in a dark mood: • Thoughts: “I’m a failure,” “Nothing ever goes right for me” • Behaviors: Inactivity, problems sleeping (oversleeping, waking too early), isolation • Emotions: Feelings ranging from being “down” to wanting to die • Physiological: Loss or gain in appetite, loss in sex drive, fatigue Just as the increased physical arousal that comes with being aggressive can cause anger to spiral upward, decreased physical arousal can cause a downward cycle into inactivity and deeper depression.

You decide to take your sleek yellow raft into the water for a leisurely float. When you position your body on this raft comfortably as you make your way out into the water, the sun beams 44 ✦ C O U R AG E A F T E R F I R E down warmly on your face, shoulders, and arms, soaking through your skin. You hear the water ripple back and forth. You touch the surf with your right hand as you float along on your raft. Everything around you says “calmness,” and you’re becoming more relaxed. You look farther out and see another sailboat.

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