Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-step Mission to Health 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 264 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Drawing from and integrating Eastern, Western, and pop culture philosophies, this is a wellness handbook that will take you from the problems of post deployment through the journey of healing to preparation for your next mission: the successful life you've earned.”Amy Bowles, MD, Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
"The road to recovery takes time, effort, patience and understanding from our wounded warriors, their families, and health care providers alike A very unique feature of this book is the authors' ability to present evidence-based information without jargon or dry data. Instead, the book was written from the perspectives of our service members and veterans who were wounded in combat, by experts who specialize in their clinical care In essence, the book is a crystallization of evidence-based care, with helpful tips in the diagnosis and treatment of post-deployment syndrome.Henry Lew, MD, PhD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consultant, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centers, Honolulu, HI
a melding of medical, psychological, movement therapies, self-realization and actuation advice, as well as common sense suggestions to dealing with the devastation of PDS for both warriors and their families. An important contribution to those who have served in our military as well as a guidebook to getting back on life's path”Nathan Zasler, MD, author of Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice
provides our veterans with gritty, practical advice to enable them in one of their most important missions: dragging themselves back inside the wire.”Mary Muscari, PhD and author of the forthcoming What Nurses Know PTSD
About the Author
- File size : 4236 KB
- Publication date : February 15, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
- Publisher : Demos Health; 1st edition (February 15, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B007S8ZLX8
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1936303043
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,487,776 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Polytrauma and multiple medically elusive symptoms are hallmarks of those of us struggling most after a return from OEF/OIF/OND. I think the authors did well to acknowledge the symptom clusters and to ignore the technical definition of a syndrome (consistency is the key--"PDS" as described by the authors is any several of 10 or more common symptoms, but no specific 3 or 4 are most common, hence not a true syndrome). I think that dismissing the technical definition is the best part of the book, allowing the authors to segue for the vet reader between symptoms he or she may not recognize as being part of and connected to the other things they do notice.
I think the book missed the mark, though. As a therapist and researcher working with mil/vet populations I still found myself struggling to engage with the content, and it used some terminology and VA/DoD psych lingo that I found unnecessarily technical even for my level of training. Yet the book ostensibly is addressed to the patient?
Were this book directed at providers, it could have been much more manualized in methods to present information to clients, models for treatment groups, and more specific types of administering information.
It alternated from stating, overstating, and then restating the obvious to launching into very complex and esoteric concepts that I had trouble keeping up with. It was not consistently accessible.
Finally, the copy-editing was poor. Addressed for a group who, like me, spent years in the Skinner Box of the military learning to pay attention to detail, the typos, misspellings, and grammar flubs which always appear in draft became really distracting.
The authors needed to pick an audience and write for that audience. This work presented a fairly narrow therapeutic philosophy (a philosophical therapy) as a panacea, and the writing lacked flow.
The redeeming feature is the step-by-step exercises. The therapeutic exercises for a reader to do on his or her own are clear, simple, have proven efficacy, and are presented so that anyone who follows the instructions will do them correctly.
Still, I would not recommend the book to a client because the rest of the content is too thick.
They should write a treatment manual so that I can distribute handouts of the exercises to my clients or a self-care daily-dozen type smart-card or pocket reference book of exercises for clients to take.
There's gold in them hills; the authors just didn't hit a vein this time.
David X. Cifu
Demos Health (2011), Edition: 1, Paperback, 200 pages
Let me preface by saying I've spent two decades reading medical reference books and professional journals. I also have an intimate knowledge of TBI, PTSD and PDS.
In places it's easy to tell the voices of the authors; some chapters are written with very few paragraphs and sentences run on and on. The other author (I think, allowing for editors, too) writes in a technical journalistic style. That is truly unfortunate, because it puts almost all of the content out of the reach of the target audience. Even as a longtime medical journal reader there were a number of sections where I could only read a few pages at a time. The soldier with memory and cognition problems or the family member who is confused or overwhelmed would find it very difficult reading.
Recognizing there are complex concepts, there is still no need to use dozens of 'buck-forty-nine' word when a few nickel and dime words would do. There are useful tools and concepts, but they're way too hard to find.
The summary and 'Boot Camp' plan at the end of the book are the most accessible part. Sadly, I expect many troops and family members will never get that far.