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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.
National Center for PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
Army Behavioral Health Website
The Sword and the Anvil by Robert Serocki, Jr.
A definitive guide for natural, healthy healing from PTSD
Substance Abuse Overview
Sometimes, people turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to relieve stress or the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other mental health conditions. But misusing alcohol and drugs can lead to substance use disorders (SUD) and serious health, relationship, employment, and legal problems.
If you are suffering from SUD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with SUD and related conditions.
Substance Abuse - Mental Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
Board of Veteran's Appeals https://www.bva.va.gov/
Center for Minority Veterans https://www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans https://www.va.gov/womenvet/
Compensation Benefit Rates, https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/rates-index.asp
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations https://www.va.gov/vso/
Disability Benefits Questionnaires https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_disabilityexams.asp
Geriatrics and Extended Care https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/
Video Hearings https://www.bva.va.gov/docs/BVA-VideoHearing-508version.pdf
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VA War Related Illness and Injury Study Center https://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/
Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless
VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov
VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking
VA Veterans Choice Program https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/VCP/index.asp
Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov/womenvet
National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: VWMP