Frontline Psych with Doc Bender: PTSD and Holidays – Plan For It

Frontline Psych with Doc Bender: PTSD and Holidays – Plan For It

(full article here) Dr. James Bender is a former Army psychologist who deployed to Iraq as the brigade psychologist for the 1st Cavalry Division 4th Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Hood, Texas. During his deployment he traveled through Southern Iraq, from Basra to Baghdad. He writes a monthly post for the DCoE Blog on psychological health concerns related to deployment and being in the military. For most of us, the holidays are parties and food, and a happy time when we reconnect with faith, family and friends. For some, it’s a time of heightened stress. Feeling some stress during the holiday season is normal — keeping track of everyone’s wish lists is one example. However, for combat veterans who recently returned from theater or those diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the holidays can bring special challenges for both them and their family. PTSD symptoms including nightmares, avoiding situations that remind you of the traumatic event, feeling numb and keyed up at times can make the holidays difficult to manage. While you may be feeling happy and celebratory, your veteran may be feeling detached, lonely and frustrated with the bright lights, loud noises and large crowds. If your loved […]

(full article here) Dr. James Bender is a former Army psychologist who deployed to Iraq as the brigade psychologist for the 1st Cavalry Division 4th Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Hood, Texas. During his deployment he traveled through Southern Iraq, from Basra to Baghdad. He writes a monthly post for the DCoE Blog on psychological health concerns related to deployment and being in the military. For most of us, the holidays are parties and food, and a happy time when we reconnect with faith, family and friends. For some, it’s a time of heightened stress. Feeling some stress during the holiday season is normal — keeping track of everyone’s wish lists is one example. However, for combat veterans who recently returned from theater or those diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the holidays can bring special challenges for both them and their family. PTSD symptoms including nightmares, avoiding situations that remind you of the traumatic event, feeling numb and keyed up at times can make the holidays difficult to manage. While you may be feeling happy and celebratory, your veteran may be feeling detached, lonely and frustrated with the bright lights, loud noises and large crowds. If your loved [...]

The Few. The Proud. The Marines.

The Few. The Proud. The Marines. Tuesday is Veterans Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We salute them all. But today belongs to the United States Marines, marking the 239th birthday of the Corps. Marine Corps birthday celebrations come with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony that would put your usual event marketing to shame. For this, a commanding officer cuts the cake with a Mameluke sword (a kind of scimitar), the first piece going to the oldest Marine present, which is then passed along to the youngest. During the annual birthday celebration, Order No. 47 is read, which says in part, “it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” Marines are proud of that history. This birthday presentation started November 1, 1921 by order of the 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. LeJeune, as a reminder of the service of the Corps and its inception. It’s been celebrated this way for 93 years. So a real tradition and part of its “long and illustrious history” and a […]

The Few. The Proud. The Marines. Tuesday is Veterans Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We salute them all. But today belongs to the United States Marines, marking the 239th birthday of the Corps. Marine Corps birthday celebrations come with a traditional cake-cutting ceremony that would put your usual event marketing to shame. For this, a commanding officer cuts the cake with a Mameluke sword (a kind of scimitar), the first piece going to the oldest Marine present, which is then passed along to the youngest. During the annual birthday celebration, Order No. 47 is read, which says in part, “it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” Marines are proud of that history. This birthday presentation started November 1, 1921 by order of the 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. LeJeune, as a reminder of the service of the Corps and its inception. It’s been celebrated this way for 93 years. So a real tradition and part of its “long and illustrious history” and a [...]

CAMPAIGN FOR A CAUSE – Saturday, November 15, 2014

CAMPAIGN FOR A CAUSE All Proceeds Benefit The THE GREATER CLEVELAND FISHER HOUSE   DATE:  Saturday, November 15, 2014 TIME:   4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PLACE: Tizzano’s Party Center 1361 E. 260th Euclid, OH  44132 TICKETS:  $30 PER PERSON INCLUDES: BUFFET DINNER (served 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) *  LIVE MUSIC AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL PURCHASE: *  SIDEBOARDS * 50/50  * CHINESEAUCTION * BEER/WINE/MIXED DRINKS Ticket order form here: GCFH Ticket Order Form

CAMPAIGN FOR A CAUSE All Proceeds Benefit The THE GREATER CLEVELAND FISHER HOUSE   DATE:  Saturday, November 15, 2014 TIME:   4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PLACE: Tizzano’s Party Center 1361 E. 260th Euclid, OH  44132 TICKETS:  $30 PER PERSON INCLUDES: BUFFET DINNER (served 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) *  LIVE MUSIC AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL PURCHASE: *  SIDEBOARDS * 50/50  * CHINESEAUCTION * BEER/WINE/MIXED DRINKS Ticket order form here: GCFH Ticket Order Form