Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Sep 16, 2010 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Much has been written of the short-term experience of combat trauma. Almost nothing has been documented about how that trauma impacts individuals years after their first conflict experiences and into later life. Here, Johnson relates the stories of fifteen of his combat brothers to share with the world what their terror of four decades ago has done to them and how it affects them to this day. With candor and vivid detail, they reveal how their combat trauma symptoms still infect their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on a daily basis. Those returning from battle now and their family and friends will find here a roadmap of what to expect from those suffering from PTSD as a result of combat. With this knowledge, today's veterans and those who love and care for them can tackle the issues and challenges so that symptoms may be minimized and addressed. Those who still carry these wounds will find that they are not alone, and that there are ways of dealing with the horror, no matter how long ago it may have been. Johnson concludes the book with resources for obtaining help and mending the spirit in the face of what can be debilitating thoughts and fears.
  

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This is a very serious book on combat trauma told collectively by a group of Vietnam vets. I'm putting it aside halfway through, for a variety of reasons. For one, it is repetitive; the same theme ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 01 THEN AND NOW
1
Chapter 02 WE SIXTEENWHO WE ARE
7
GOING TO THE HELL OF COMBAT
17
Chapter 03 OUR TRAUMAS
19
Chapter 04 BROKEN BODIES MINDS AND BROTHERHOOD
29
HOME BITTER SWEET HOME
37
Chapter 05 ON THE HOME FRONT
39
Chapter 06 IGNORED BY THE GOVERNMENT SOCIETY AND THE PUBLIC
49
Chapter 14 MEMORIES AND REEXPERIENCING COMBAT TRAUMA
111
Chapter 15 WORK AND CAREER
125
Chapter 16 FAMILY FAITH AND MORALITY
133
Chapter 17 PHYSICAL PROBLEMS AND COMBAT TRAUMA
143
Chapter 18 WANNABES LIARS AND PRETENDERS
147
CARE AND TREATMENT
151
Chapter 19 REESTABLISHMENT OF OUR BROTHERHOOD
153
Chapter 20 TREATING OURSELVES
159

LIVING WITH OUR TRAUMAEVERPRESENT SYMPTOMS
55
Chapter 07 SLEEP PROBLEMS AND NIGHTMARES
57
Chapter 08 FLASHBACKS
65
Chapter 09 TRIGGERS
71
Chapter 10 WITHDRAWAL NUMBNESS AND DEPRESSION
75
Chapter 11 FEAR AND ANGER
83
Chapter 12 HYPERVIGILANCE STARTLE AND CONCENTRATION
93
Chapter 13 GUILT TRUST DENIAL
99
Chapter 21 THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
169
Chapter 22 VETERANS HELPING VETERANS
175
Chapter 23 THEN AND NOWAGAIN
181
MITCHELL PERDUE
185
INDEX
189
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
199
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About the author (2010)

James D. Johnson is a retired Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) and was a counselor/therapist in Fayetteville, NC for over fifteen years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff college and completed four units of specialized training in Clinical Pastoral Education. He spent a year in Vietnam as an infantry battalion chaplain in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded several Bronze Stars (two with valor), the Air Medal, and nine other American and Vietnamese awards. He also was awarded five Meritorious Service medals and two Army Commendation medals. He is author of Combat Chaplain: A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle. He has written or been written about in many publication including Vet Extra, Vietnam Magazine, Front Porch, the Fayetteville Observer and others.

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