Managing Anxiety Short and Long Term

Anxiety is a brain-based function of the fear/flight/fight response. It starts in the primitive part of the human brain located in the back of the skull on top of the spinal column.  This part of the brain is activated when

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Between Your Last Nerve and Control

Margin is the space between your last nerve and your loss of control.  It varies.  Your margin depends on your state of health, your stress level, whether you’ve eaten well or not, and how much sleep you’ve go tten.  If

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Taking Control of Your Triggers

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked with several vets about dealing with their triggers and the flashbacks and panic attacks that accompany them. It is a frightening experience that stays with the person long after the trigger has

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What Happens When Nothing Makes Sense?

I was privileged to read the diary of a bombardier who flew over 50 combat missions over Italy during World War II.  I read of his anguish about being sick, and having the rest of his flight crew getting shot

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Like your therapist? That’s a start.

Like your therapist? That’s a loaded question I know. But liking your therapist is key to whether or not you find healing. It’s been shown that the success rate of a client’s therapy has less to do with the techniques

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Navigating the Therapist Maze

Probably the most frustrating thing for me as a counselor is when I talk with a vet who says he’s getting counseling and then says it’s not working.  Often he’ll say, “all my counselor does is push meds on me.”

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Morning on the Rim – For Parents

I have been privileged to travel this summer, and I am writing this blog from the rim of the Grand Canyon.  There are no pictures that can do it justice, and as I have seen so many amazing things I

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Is This Your Family?

I have been spending a significant amount of time with families of soldiers with PTSD, and there are several observations to be made.  The first is that PTSD is real, and those who have it suffer greatly.  It debilitates their

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Once a Hero, Always a Hero

Do you wish you were back in combat?  Do you long for your buddies, for something that feels important to do?  Do you find yourself looking for places to help, to save, to protect?  You aren’t alone.  On a Facebook

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BAM!! Your Healed

I have worked with a lot of people that before they continue talking to me they want to know exactly how long it will take for them to be healed. The conversation always goes something like this…. Me- Okay, I

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