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Post-deployment Health Reassessment. Restoring Resilience and Well Being. This is about YOU. Program is designed for you YOU decide how to use the program. Why We’re Here. War is hell Combat often leads to injuries - physical, spiritual and emotional/behavioral

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post deployment health reassessment

Post-deployment Health Reassessment

Restoring Resilience

and Well Being

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this is about you
This is about YOU
  • Program is designed for you
  • YOU decide how to use the program

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why we re here
Why We’re Here
  • War is hell
  • Combat often leads to injuries - physical, spiritual and emotional/behavioral
  • Many servicemembers experience physical and behavioral reactionsafter returning from deployment
  • “Resetting” mental and spiritual well being is as important as restoring physical fitness

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truths about combat
Truths About Combat
  • Combat exposes us to stressful and unusual situations
  • Some of these situations are traumatic and involve overwhelming stress and grief
  • The enemy seeks to disrupt us at all levels
  • We are designed to adapt and overcome
  • Realistic training helps build resilience and coping skills to counter their efforts

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Human Response to Trauma

Mind

Trauma

  • Disassociate / Survive
    • Numb, detached, on autopilot, like robot

Body

Spirit

Mind

Spirit

Body

Mind

  • Reintegrate / Heal
    • Flashbacks / Sleep disturbance
    • Jumpy / Jittery / Irritable
    • Fear of going crazy

Body

Spirit

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common reactions
Memories of experiences

Flashbacks

Always “on alert”

Sleep problems

Fatigue

Memory problems

Concentration

Attention problems

Loss of motivation

Decreased interest in/enjoyment from activities

Crying spells

Feeling jumpy

Irritability

Frustration

Feeling overwhelmed

Depression

Guilt

Feeling emotionally numb (“I just don’t feel much of anything anymore”)

Common Reactions

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restoration
Restoration
  • Time to Reset and Thrive
    • Get the basics back – sleep, food, rest, have fun
    • Relaxation to calm the body/mind
    • Reintegration with family and friends
  • Develop resilience for upcoming stressors
    • Develop a Psychological First Aid Toolkit
    • Develop a unit/family battle rhythm

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myths about combat reactions
Myths About Combat Reactions
  • Real servicemembers can handle anything without any problems
    • “It will never happen to me”
    • “It is something that happened after Viet Nam, not now”
  • It is weak to have a combat stress reaction
    • “It only happens to weaklings . . .”
  • Seeking services means you’re crazy
    • “Guys with mental health problems are like Rambo and will go ‘postal’ on you”
    • “It’s permanent and untreatable”
  • Seeking services will end your career
    • “It only exists for shammers and gold-brickers trying to get out of duty”
    • “Give me a guy who claims to have PTSD and I’ll beat his ass”

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you are ok
You are OK
  • These reactions are normal and usually short-lived – you’re not going crazy or losing your mind
  • Most respond well with support from family and friends
  • Some will benefit from a little extra support with resolving these reactions
  • Seeking assistance is a sign of strength, showing that you desire to become healthier

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you have an opportunity
YOU have an opportunity
  • to address health concerns that have emerged after deployment
  • to get a referral to appropriate clinics or agencies
  • to gather information on topics that affect your health and welfare
  • to update your medical info/status
  • to learn better how to care for your buddies and fellow servicemembers

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today is your opportunity
Today is Your Opportunity
  • Take full advantage
  • Don’t just “check the block”
  • Get the tools to “reset” your well being
  • Building resilience is worth it

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questions

Questions?

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procedure
Procedure
  • Installation/unit specific process here

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