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Mental Health Concerns
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PTSD can be difficult to treat. The sooner it is recognized and
treated, the more likely a person will experience relief.. The
most effective treatments include components that have the
person relive the trauma in his or her imagination, while
using deep muscle relaxation and thinking about the event in
different ways. Medications may also relieve anxiety and
depression that often occur with PTSD.
Resources:
National Center for PTSD:
ptsd.va.gov
National Institute of Mental Health:
nimh.nih.gov
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
nami.org
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program:
wearevirginiaveterans.org
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)
According to the Brain Injury Association of America,
TBI
occurs as a result of external forces such as falls, motor
vehicle accidents and assaults. TBIs fall into two categories:
Open head injuries are those in which the skull is crushed or
seriously fractured. Open head injuries also occur when the
skull is penetrated, as in a gunshot wound. Closed head
injuries, in which the skull is not damaged, occur much more
often and usually because of a car accident or fall.
A concussion is also a form of brain injury. Signs and
symptoms can appear just after an injury or can takes days or
weeks to manifest. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow