Recently I have been working on one of my Psychology papers about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). So not a surprise that I have spent countless hours reading scientific studies about people’s reactions to stress and traumatic events, how they cope with the new situation and most importantly, how to help the patients.
Last night I was sitting at home alone while J was working a night shift. My movie date with our dog didn’t really work out, he was missing J and crawled to our bed right after 2000, an hour earlier than normally, and was sleeping his misery away. He is so attached to J – always missing his battle buddy. So I started to read some psychology research papers that I had collected this week, and was glancing Twitter messages as well. I ended up chatting with one of the awesome Military Spouses, Ann Marie @Household 6 Diva. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, it is about time to stop by!
She said alout what I have been thinking quite a few times over a past few months. Why don’t I think about doing research work on how the PTSD/TBI impacts on families? Even though it may be only one person suffering from PTSD and/or TBI, at the end of the day it is affecting the whole family. Time will tell where I will end up to but this is definitely an interesting and important point of view… Gotta love the meaningful, late night chats!
Meanwhile, I was very delighted to read about Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the State of Washington. The Joint Base is starting brain injury screenings. Most of us are too proud to seek for help. However, we should remember that looking for help is not a sign of weakness but sign of having a desire to improve self.
Another great news flash regarding the topic is from November 1st. The Air National Guard is creating a new position of psychological health director. These men and women are mental health professionals providing “support for Airmen and their families before and after deployments” – read the story here: Air Guard adds psychological health directors.