Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome

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Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome

A Six-step Mission to Health

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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.

Product Details

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

About The Author(s)

Dr. David Cifu MD

David 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 Blake

Cory Blake is an Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher, Music and Movement Therapist, at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Ploytrauma Center, Richmond, VA.

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

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