Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome
A Six-step Mission to Health
David X. Cifu, MD, Cory Blake
264 pp Paperback
eISBN 9781617050398 |
Amazon Kindle | Google eBook
David Cifu and Cory Blake work at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, one of only four comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient centers of excellence for polytrauma in the country providing intensive rehabilitation care to veterans and service members who experienced injuries to multiple organ systems. This type of injury that results in physical, cognitive, psychological, and functioning deficits has been termed as Post-Deployment Syndrome. The high numbers of soldiers with these types of multiple injuries has been a hallmark of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Overcoming Post Deployment Syndrome is a comprehensive guide for servicemembers, 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. It offers a practical blend of state-of-the-art traditional and holistic medicine, and teaches the value of mindfulness, movement, psychotherapeutic, and creative arts practices, as well as active engagement and partnership with clinicians in one's own health care. The men and women of the Armed Services have trained in the art of war. This book offers training in the art of healing. Those that learn, understand, and apply the principles within will discover that warriors can excel at both the art of war and the art of 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.
David Cifu and Cory Blake have been at the forefront of treating Veterans and servicemembers and know what the issues are and have real-world answers. Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome empowers Veterans, servicemembers and their families to prevent combat stresses from having a lasting negative impact.- return to top -
Reviews"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- return to top -
Contents1.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- return to top -
About the Authors
David X. Cifu, MDDavid X. Cifu, MD is Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, National Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterans Health Administration, Executive Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Traumatic Brain Injury (Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference) published by Demos Medical Publishing.Cory BlakeCory Blake is an Authorized Continuum Movemnet Teacher, Music and Movement Therapist, at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Ploytrauma Center, Richmond, VA.
Buy large print and other accessible formats.