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Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome

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Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome

SKU# 9781936303045

A Six-step Mission to Health

Author: David X. Cifu MD, Cory Blake


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A comprehensive guide for service members, veterans, and their families dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injury, and substance abuse.

Written by two doctors at the forefront of treating veterans and service members, Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome is a wellness handbook filled with evidence-based advice, exercises, and approaches for healing from post-deployment syndrome (PDS), preventing combat stresses from having a lasting negative impact, and returning to activity and wellness.

Offering a practical blend of state-of-the-art traditional and holistic medicine to help physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing, Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome provides:

  • Personal vignettes of servicemembers who are going through the process of successfully reintegrating into their families, workplaces, and communities.
  • A twelve-week basic training in self-directed healing arts.
  • A wealth of community and government resources, tips, and suggestions.
  • The means to integrate traditional and complementary medicine techniques to treat common symptoms.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 15, 2011
  • Page Count 264
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303045
  • EISBN 9781617050398

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Table of Contents 

1.Putting it all together - A holistic system for health
2.Post-deployment syndrome - The illness of war
3.Military and Veteran Healthcare systems - A traditional approach
4.A new model of wellness - Rebuilding the Warrior
5.First Step: Understanding your body's symptoms
6.Second Step: Discovering your strengths
7.Third Step: Applying healing principles
8.Fourth Step: Re-establishing normalcy
9.Fifth Step: Integrating health into your life
10.Final Step: Resuming the productive mission
11.Return of the Warrior: A lifetime of success

Editorial Review(s) 

"This guide is a must-have for all of those affected by Post-Deployment Syndrome."-Felise Zollman, MD, Co-project Director, Midwest Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center

"Drawing from and integrating Eastern, Western, and pop culture philosophies, this is a wellness handbook that will take you from the problems of post deployment through the journey of healing to preparation for your next mission: the successful life you've earned."-Amy Bowles, MD, Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

"The road to recovery takes time, effort, patience and understanding from our wounded warriors, their families, and health care providers alike. ...A very unique feature of this book is the authors' ability to present evidence-based information without jargon or dry data. Instead, the book was written from the perspectives of our service members and veterans who were wounded in combat, by experts who specialize in their clinical care… In essence, the book is a crystallization of evidence-based care, with helpful tips in the diagnosis and treatment of post-deployment syndrome."-Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultant, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers, Honolulu, HI

" ...a melding of medical, psychological, movement therapies, self-realization and actuation advice, as well as common sense suggestions to dealing with the devastation of PDS for both warriors and their families. An important contribution to those who have served in our military…as well as a guidebook to getting back on life's path."-Nathan Zasler, MD, author of Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice

" ...provides our veterans with gritty, practical advice to enable them in one of their most important missions: dragging themselves back inside the wire."-Mary Muscari, PhD and author of the forthcoming What Nurses Know…PTSD