DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of PTSD and TBI

Senior Executive Director, Psychological Health. Courtesy DoD photo.

Lt. Col. Christopher Robinson, senior executive, Psychological Health Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Courtesy DoD photo.

We held a DODLive Bloggers Roundtable to discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment of psychological health concerns, such as PTSD, and traumatic brain injury, on Thursday, May 20 at 1:00 pm EDT.

Joining the call were Staff Sgt. Meg Krause, retired Cmdr. René A. Campos, and Lt. Col. Christopher Robinson, who will discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment of psychological health concerns, such as PTSD, and traumatic brain injury.

Staff Sgt. Meg Krause, U.S. Army Reserve, Real Warriors Campaign volunteer discussed her experience seeking care for PTSD after her deployment to Iraq and why the Real Warriors Campaign is an important part of breaking down the stigma associated with psychological health concerns.

Lt. Col. Christopher Robinson, senior executive for Psychological Health, Defense Centers of Excellence, is an Air Force clinical health psychologist who recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where he served as the Combat Stress Detachment Commander for RC-East.

And, retired Cmdr. René A. Campos, deputy director, Health Care Issues, Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America discussed what officers can do to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning servicemembers, veterans and their families.

To listen to the interview, click here.

To read the transcript from this interview, click here.

To read the Defense.gov article, click here.

Joining us on the call were Shelle Michaels, Soliders Angels.org; Phyllis Zimbler Miller, Mrs Leutenant.blogspot.com; CJ Grisham, Soldiers Perspective; Megan McCloskey, Stars and Stripes; Dale Kissinger, MilitaryAvenue.com; and Proud Liberal Army Wife.

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3 Responses to DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of PTSD and TBI

  1. Michele aka Navy Mike's Mom says:

    This was an excellent program. I tried to call in to ask a question, but will follow-up with emails to outreach resource providers. The transcript of the show will help me accomplish that task.

    PTSD and TBI affect not only the service member, but also affects the family beyond the military dependents. I’m a military mom – although I am not considered a dependent, so I fall into the civilian status.

    I’m very proactive in reaching out to other civilian families, to provide them with resources and the same like-support assistance they seek from Family Readiness groups, such as the Ombudsmen within the Navy, the Family Readiness Officers within the Marines, etc., all of which are not necessarily available in the military/civilian home demographic area.

    Shows and programs like this particular one provided by DOD Live enable me to formulate and assemble the necessary criteria to engage the local community to find resources on the home front to provide those same like-support services.

    There are so many wonderful PTSD resources available, but not easily found by the not-so-tech savvy civilians and families of loved ones.

    If you have a local resource or forum that is available within your local community to offer to those seeking PTSD resources, I would love to know about those services and resources. Resources and/or forums within your home community are those most overlooked and not made visible enough. I strive to broaden their awareness.

    Here is my contact information:

    Email: navymikesmom@att.net

    As always, great job DoD Live!

    • jennifer.cragg says:

      Michele, thanks for visiting DODLive.mil and for leaving your comment. I have forwarded your comment to a representative with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Again, thanks for posting your comment. V/r, Lt. Jennifer Cragg

  2. Get A Trip says:

    I’m really not sure how aware the general public is of the vast contributions the military has had on those with PTSD and other trauma related illnesses. Prior to Vietnam there was no effective therapy whatsoever concerning PTSD. It was in their [veterans]shared recoveries and group processes that these veterans finally began to embrace the healing they so badly needed. From their succcess stemmed every other remedy now so common among those who counsel trauma victims from both the military sector, as well as the general population – such as crime victims and even abused children. We are indebted to these early military pioneers for paving the road to better mental health and freedom for all of us.

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