Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior

"Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior" by Charles W. Hoge, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Navigating the Tranisiton from combat to home. Including combat stress, PTSD, and mTBI

This is written by a retired Colonel, who is a mental health professional. He includes active, retired, vets, civilians, family members and anyone who is affected by a loved one's battles with PTSD, TBI and combat stress. He provides skills for dealing with these three issues, no matter how much time has passed since the event.

What I love about this book is that it includes written letters from those who give the very personal battle most of us are afraid of speaking of, by those from the Vietnam war all the way up to recent veterans to the current wars. And it shows that even 20 years later, a patient can be helped with PTSD or TBI or combat stress. He list skills and techniques that can help to ease the triggers and he also gives a very personal view on how deeply one is affected by this. He talks about medications,reflexes, sleep, reactions, navigating the mental health system, coping and living with major losses and he lists strategies for spouses, partners, and family members. It's not a boring book that you will get tired of after a page or two, well at least for me it wasn't, he does include humor so there are some laughs to have.

I highly recommend this book to everyone! I checked it out from my library but am going to buy the book to keep notes in. By the way, if you do check this book out and have a sense of humor aboutPTSD...check out page 147! Trust will have a whole new meaning for you after you read that!

Submitted by April Raines

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