Nightmares And Thoughts Of A Vietnam Vet

Author: Melquiades "Mike" Ortiz
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1467813893
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 284
View: 5310
I write this book in hopes of reaching other service personnel or citizens that are experiencing the same feelings of, guilt, anger, or fears that I have suffered... because of a traumatic experience. I have learned that not only war, but also any kind of traumatic event can cause the symptoms of anger, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, isolation, flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts. My nightmares started before I left Vietnam, and they intensified with time. I did not know why I slowly changed, but these changes of uncontrollable outbursts of anger, frustration, isolation, anxiety, loneliness, and the horrible nightmares and flashbacks of Vietnam, caused a lot of suffering not only for me, but for my family, friends, and loved ones. It took me years to control my temper, and I learned to work only at night to keep the nightmares in check. This helped, but I still did not know the actual problem, only that there was something wrong, this kept me with stomach problems, chest pains, headaches, and edgy for many years. I would like to thank the Veterans’ Administration and the Loma Linda Veterans’ Hospital for the help I have received through them, and for giving my nightmares a name, “PTSD.” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, that is what they diagnosed, and even though I refused to accept this at first, now I am learning how to deal with my problem. The professional and qualified personnel at the Veteran’s Hospital have given me strength, tools, training, and the support to fight my demons, and to write this book. I would also like to thank my wife, Elizabeth, my sons Michael, Paul, Paulo, Mark, and my daughters, Rosie and Majalia, for their support, encouragement, and understanding, to help me get out of the dark, and fight my demons.

Words of Gold... Deep from My Soul Words of Pain... Thoughts of Rain

Author: Melquiades Ortiz
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452017611
Category: Poetry
Page: 444
View: 2082
This book is written in the hopes of reaching other victims of traumatic events, whether they might be combat Veterans, first responders, or just average citizens, that are living and re-living acts of violence or painful, stressful moments in their lives.

Social Work in the 21st Century

An Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Issues, and the Profession
Author: Morley D. Glicken
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483315029
Category: Social Science
Page: 696
View: 9595
A student-friendly introduction to the field of social work, social welfare, and the profession of social work, social issues, and social welfare Designed to get students excited about the profession and thinking critically about what social workers do and how they operate within the larger system, this Second Edition explores social issues in the United States, looks at how the social welfare system attempts to resolve these issues, and considers the many roles assumed by professional social workers within the social welfare system. This edition offers new and revised coverage throughout and reflects recent current events, including the historic 2008 presidential election, catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, and government responses.

Defending the Vietnam combat veteran

recognition and representation of the military history and background of the combat veteran legal client
Author: Barry Levin,David O. Ferrier
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 345
View: 6417
DEFENDING THE VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN presents actual case histories, psychological profiles, personal disclosures & hands-on document retrieval & military backround verification techniques clearly presented in layman's language. In addition to being an exhaustive reference text, this book distills the essence of the presentation of an individual's combat experiences for consideration by the Court. While indispensable in evaluating any client with a military backround, the information contained in this book will certainly be relevant & informative to family members as well. DEFENDING THE VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN defines a defense not mired in the gray blather of courtroom diagnosis but alive with vivid accuracy of personal experience & empathetic reaction. Copies of all forms necessary to obtain complete military documents are included. An informative glossary of terms & extensive bibliography complement the researcher's efforts. The book effectively separates the POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, combat real trauma, & personal military history from the plethora of mental health inanities flooding the Courts. DEFENDING THE VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN is an exercise in truth, information & empathy aimed at helping distinguish an individual client by highlighting & explaining the relevance of his military history.


Forgetting and Remembering Vietnam
Author: J. W. Clark
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1457500884
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 128
View: 7280
In April, 1968, six weeks after arriving in Vietnam, a young marine becomes the sole survivor of an incident of friendly fire involving over 200 Marines. Severely wounded physically and emotionally, he returns to the States unable to understand his experience and too ashamed and afraid to talk about it. Instead he buries the memories of that tragic day, and as the doctors rebuild his body he tries to build a normal life. On the surface, he is successful; he has a beautiful home, a family, and a good career. He ignores the uneasy feelings that sometimes make the world seem unreal, that make him feel like a fugitive. Then, more than 30 years after he almost died in Vietnam, his memories try to resurface. After a series of terrifying nightmares and flashbacks he discovers that in order to save his future, he must resurrect his past. To my Readers: In this memoir, I've shared my combat experience in Vietnam and my struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder. The nature of war does not change; combat veterans of the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iraqi War all have something in common - a heightened risk of PTSD. If you are a combat veteran experiencing problems similar to mine, I hope that my story encourages you to seek and accept help. - J.W. Clark. After his law enforcement career was cut short by increasingly severe PTSD symptoms, J.W. Clark returned to a semi-rural area of Southern California, where he lives with his wife of six years.

Treating the Trauma of Rape

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD
Author: Edna B. Foa,Barbara Olasov Rothbaum
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781572307360
Category: Psychology
Page: 286
View: 6942
After reviewing the relevant treatment literature, the authors detail how to assess and treat PTSD using a cognitive-behavioral approach. Co mplete instructions are given for planning treatment, as well as for i ntroducing the patient to the various interventions. Nine exposure and stress management techniques are then detailed, including imaginal ex posure (trauma reliving), in vivo exposure, relaxation training, thoug ht-stopping, cognitive restructuring, covert modeling, and role-playin g. Enhancing the books clinical utility are numerous case examples il lustrating how to implement the techniques, as well as explanations of how to cope with common problems and complications in treatment. The final chapter presents detailed outlines of three suggested treatment programs.

The Demons of War are Persistent

The Vietnam Veterans' story of breaking through the denial and stigma of PTSD
Author: Military Experience and Arts [Helping Veterans Succeed]
Publisher: AW Schade
Category: Self-Help
Page: 16
View: 5721
“The Demons of War are Persistent” A Personal Story of Prolonged PTSD —A.W. Schade, USMC 1965/69 Forty years have passed since my deployment as a combat Marine in Vietnam. However, only several years since I acknowledged my inability to continue suppressing the demons alone. Like many veterans, the “Demons” have haunted me through nightmares, altered personas, and hidden fears. Even as many veterans manage the demons’ onslaught successfully, millions survive in destitution, needless solitude and social disconnection. Scores consider themselves cowards, should they concede to the demons’ hold. Countless live in denial and loneliness, protecting their warrior’s pride. The most vulnerable— tormented by guilt and feeling forever alone — too often choose to “end” their lives.

The Time Cure

Overcoming PTSD with the New Psychology of Time Perspective Therapy
Author: Philip Zimbardo,Richard Sword,Rosemary Sword
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118282299
Category: Psychology
Page: 336
View: 8217
In his landmark book, The Time Paradox, internationallyknown psychologist Philip Zimbardo showed that we can transform theway we think about our past, present, and future to attain greatersuccess in work and in life. Now, in The Time Cure, Zimbardohas teamed with clinicians Richard and Rosemary Sword to reveal agroundbreaking approach that helps those living with post-traumaticstress disorder (PTSD) to shift their time perspectives and movebeyond the traumatic past toward a more positive future. Time Perspective Therapy switches the focus from past topresent, from negative to positive, clearing the pathway for thebest yet to come: the future. It helps PTSD sufferers pull theirfeet out of the quicksand of past traumas and step firmly on thesolid ground of the present, allowing them to take a step forwardinto a brighter future. Rather than viewing PTSD as a mentalillness the authors see it as a mental injury—a normalreaction to traumatic events—and offer those suffering fromPTSD the healing balm of hope. The Time Cure lays out the step-by-step process of TimePerspective Therapy, which has proven effective for a wide range ofindividuals, from veterans to survivors of abuse, accidents,assault, and neglect. Rooted in psychological research, the bookalso includes a wealth of vivid and inspiring stories fromreal-life PTSD sufferers—effective for individuals seekingself-help, their loved ones, therapists and counselors, or anyonewho wants to move forward to a brighter future.

An Emotional Casualty of Vietnam

Author: George Sterba
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1682896021
Category: Poetry
Page: N.A
View: 2203
Those who have not gone into battle can only assume to know what goes on in the head of soldiers facing life's possible finality. The brain is a complex organ with no one thinking the same thoughts in any situation under the same circumstances, but there are compatible emotions which bring us together like anger, fear, hate, and love. This composition of poems and descriptions is intended to demonstrate how complicated emotions affected young boys in the Vietnam era compared to other conflagrations over the years and the difference may have caused more lives to be lost because of those emotions. What Veterans were dubbed for coming to the aid of their Country was unjustified. It is difficult to understand unless you have faced similar conditions of war. Where the army you were fighting knew not of the Geneva Convention, and if they did then it hadn't made a difference. What took soldiers minds away from their immediate reflexes in battle was the lack of support from home which changed the attitude of these boys, quickly turned to men, into disheartened souls. A reason was desperately needed in order to focus on the trouble at hand and it never came to light. Every man who fought for his Country loved it without a wavering thought, and were patriots to the end of their lives whether on the battle field or as a retired Veteran. Now, Veterans try hard to stay away from emotions because they bring back memories we try to forget, but can't because of the realism of our nightmares and flashbacks. When emotions come to mind, think of all the suicides that have been reported on Vietnam Veterans and you may realize how these feelings of hopelessness are still there. If it were not for the excuses not to commit this act, speaking of wives, children, and grandchildren, the numbers would increase substantially.

Christmas Presents

Life in Progress
Author: Lloyd Casey
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465325891
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 145
View: 9999
Lloyd Aloysius Casey - born December 18, 1926 in Anaheim, California; will die anytime from June 12, 2007 to perhaps 2016 in Dublin, Ohio. Casey married Mary Grace Wells of Baltimore, Maryland on September 3, 1949. Charles Mark was born on June 28, 1950, Kevin Emmett on May 27, 1952, John Patrick on March 15, 1954, Paul Francis on July 11, 1956, Colleen Ann on March 14, 1959, Christopher Wells on August 7, 1963 and Kathleen Mary on January 14, 1969. In January 1980, Casey considering that he might be dead by 1981, made an effort to write some thoughts about life to be given to his and Gracie's children as a Christmas present. Still being alive in 1990 he did another Christmas present and then again in 2000. He quit but did write special requests. This book, to be given to each of the seven in 2007 is the last of such Christmas presents. Other than trying to be an acceptable father, he had numerous adventures. If he becomes what society considers "mature" before he dies it will be a surprise to himself and those who know him. His signature sign off on correspondence, love, peace, joy, pretty well sums up what he has valued. 2007 is a year to end this. Gracie and Casey are alive and in reasonably good health. All seven are alive and making the best of their lives. We have thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. What more could anyone want?

International Journal of Psychosomatics

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Dentistry
Page: N.A
View: 9436

One Nation Under Therapy

How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
Author: Christina Hoff Sommers,Dr. Sally Satel, M.D.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429908955
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 3231
Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals to cope with life's vicissitudes. Being "in touch with one's feelings" and freely expressing them have become paramount personal virtues. Today-with a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every conceivable problem-we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges. Drawing on established science and common sense, Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives. Help is offered everywhere under the presumption that we need it: in children's classrooms, the workplace, churches, courtrooms, the media, the military. But with all the "help" comes a host of troubling consequences, including: * The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hypercompetitive, and depressed or suicidal schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication * The loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, addiction, and other foibles and vices * The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy, offering dubious advice while billing plenty of money * The expansion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an affliction of war veterans to nearly everyone who has experienced a setback Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation Under Therapy demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.

The Complete Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling

What to Do and Say When It Matters Most!
Author: H. Norman Wright
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
ISBN: 0830758402
Category: Religion
Page: 512
View: 9335
Many pastors and lay counselors have had minimal training in clinical methods of grief and trauma counseling. The Complete Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling is a biblical, practical guide to pastoral counseling written by one of the most respected Christian therapists of our time. Dr. H. Norman Wright brings more than 40 years of clinical and classroom experience to this topic, and shares real-life dialogs from his decades in private practice to demonstrate healthy, healing counseling sessions. Readers will learn how to counsel and coach both believers and non-believers who are in crisis, how to walk alongside them through the hours, weeks and months following their trauma and how to help them find the path to complete restoration.

Practitioner's Guide to Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

Author: Jane E. Fisher,William O'Donohue
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387283706
Category: Psychology
Page: 754
View: 9724
This book is to help clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists and counselors achieve the maximum in service to their clients. Designed to bring ready answers from scientific data to real life practice, The guide is an accessible, authoritative reference for today’s clinician. There are solid guidelines for what to rule out, what works, what doesn’t work and what can be improved for a wide range of mental health problems. It is organized alphabetically for quick reference and distills vast amounts of proven knowledge and strategies into a user friendly, hands-on reference.

Anxiety Disorders

Pathophysiology and Pharmacological Treatment
Author: Gerard Emilien,Cecile Durlach,Ulla Lepola,Timothy Dinan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783764367022
Category: Medical
Page: 298
View: 422
In this book, the discussion of the normal and pathological aspects of anxiety is critically examined. A chapter on the molecular basis of anxiety is included, outlining the potential of such approach in the discovery of novel effective pharmacological interventions. The face validity, predictability and usefulness of animal models in the design of valid new efficacious products are discussed. Separate chapters dedicated to each particular type of anxiety such as generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic and obsessive-compulive disorder are included. This book should be of benefit to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, students and all those engaged in neuropsychiatric research.

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Psychiatric nursing
Page: N.A
View: 2452


Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation
Author: Norman E Rosenthal MD
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101515368
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 336
View: 2270
"Dr. Norman Rosenthal's Transcendence is the best-ever book on Transcendental Meditation: accessible and substantive, engaging and scientific, practical and profound. A very enjoyable read that can change your life, for good." - David Lynch "I have been meditating for over 10 years, and I found Transcendence to be a uniquely compelling introduction to the art and science of Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Norman Rosenthal's book will propel TM into the mainstream where it belongs." - Russell Simmons In this definitive book on the scientifically proven health and stress-relieving benefits of Transcendental Meditation, a renowned psychiatrist and researcher explores why TM works, what it can do for you, and how to use it for maximum effect. Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., a twenty-year researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and the celebrated psychiatrist who pioneered the study and treatment of Season Affective Disorder (SAD), brings us the most important work on Transcendental Meditation since the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Science of Being and Art of Living-- and one of our generation's most significant books on achieving greater physical and mental health and wellness. Transcendence demystifies the practice and benefits of Transcendental Meditation for a general audience who may have heard about the method but do not necessarily know what it is, how it is learned, or what they stand to gain, physically and emotionally, from achieving transcendence. Dr. Rosenthal clearly and practically explains the basic ideas behind Transcendental Meditation: It is a nonreligious practice that involves sitting comfortably for twenty minutes twice a day while using a silent mantra, or nonverbal sound, to attain a profound state of aware relaxation. Alongside exclusive celebrity interviews-where figures like Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Russell Brand, Laura Dern, Moby, and David Lynch openly discuss their meditation-Dr. Rosenthal draws upon experience from the lives of his patients and a wealth of clinical research amassed on TM over the past generation (340 peer-reviewed published articles). He provides the fullest and most accessible book ever on the broad range of benefits of this remarkably simple practice, from relief of anxiety, stress and depression to new hope for those experiencing addiction, attention-deficit disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Textbook of Psychiatry E-Book

Author: Basant K. Puri,I. H. Treasaden
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702048232
Category: Medical
Page: 356
View: 5254
This is a new edition of a successful introductory textbook on the subject of psychiatry. Clearly written and rich in pedagogic features - such as summary boxes, clinical cases and other aid memoirs - this book is tailored to the learning needs of those entering the discipline for the first time. Particularly suitable for medical students, this book will also act as a 'primer' for post-graduates first entering the speciality with a view to a long-term career in the discipline. New edition of a well established text with a strongly pedagogic approach to the subject of psychiatry Logical writing style gives ready access to key information Includes many illustrations Contains practical examples throughout to demonstrate the importance of psychiatry to all areas of medicine Ideal for medical students and junior doctors Suitable as a ‘primer’ for specialist trainees entering the discipline for the first time Contains self-assessment material to ensure thorough exam preparation New layout aids accessibility and ‘ease of learning’ New chapter on mental health legislation Covers recent changes in neuropsychopharmacology Use of colour illustrations Contains practical advice on patient management – commencing drug therapy and managing self-harm, for example Enhanced sections on autism and other pervasive developmental disorders Explores capacity and risk assessment Enhanced discussion of the use of psychotherapy in line with current practice

The Mosaic of Contemporary Psychiatry in Perspective

Author: Anthony Kales,Chester M. Pierce,Milton Greenblatt
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461391946
Category: Medical
Page: 448
View: 1062
Psychiatry has undergone a dynamic evolution in the last 40 years, an evolution to which Dr. Louis West made many contributions. Psychiatry today and Dr. West's career are intertwined in a mosaic of interaction. It is therefore fitting that this compilation of essays in honor of Dr. West is entitled The Mosaic of Contemporary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives. The papers collectively form a snapshot of the field of psychiatry today. Each chapter offers a historical perspective of the topic discussed, followed by a description of modern day issues and a look at the future of psychiatry. This book will enhance the knowledge and technical skills of psychiatrists as well as other clinicians in the mental health care field.

VA Practitioner

The Magazine for Physicians and Pharmacists of the Veterans Administration
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 7344