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Tonight’s guest is Dr. Janet Dean
Dr. Janet Dean is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Prior to moving into a faculty role, she worked in a variety of clinical settings, from college counseling to community mental health and forensic assessment. Her interest in PTSD among veterans began when her own husband served as a Navy chaplain in Iraq in 2005 and has since grown as she has worked with more and more veterans.
Planned topics for discussion:
- What is PTSD? What are its symptoms?
- What is combat/operational stress, and how is it related to PTSD?
- Some veterans develop PTSD; some don’t. Who is likely to develop PTSD?
- What kind of traumatic events do people have to experience for PTSD to develop?
- How common is PTSD in our veterans? Why do so many veterans show signs of PTSD?
- How does experiencing war affect people and their beliefs about the world, others, and themselves?
- Some veterans are said to have survivor’s guilt? What is that?
- Are the high rates of suicide related to PTSD in our veterans? How?
- How do veterans “come back home” and transition to civilian life?
- What are some problematic things that veterans do to self-medicate?
- How does PTSD affect a veteran’s marriage and family? As a spouse, how do you deal with your loved one’s PTSD?
- How does PTSD affect a veteran and his/her work/career?
- How do co-occurring medical issues affect PTSD and the healing process?
- What are some things that a veteran can do to help him/herself?
- When should a veteran get help? How would they know that their symptoms have become a problem?
- What kind of help is available for veterans struggling with PTSD?
- Why do so many veterans avoid getting help?
- We hear stories of veterans who come home and beat their spouses or children or who act out in other violent ways. Where does this aggression come from?
- Talk about the similarities and differences between active duty military and reservists and how these might affect stress-related symptoms in them.
Make the Connection / PTSD (Shared experiences and support for Veterans)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Medline plus article and links)
PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
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