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Better off dead post-traumatic stress disorder and the Canadian Armed Forces

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  • Author: Doucette, Fred
    Contributor: Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association

    Fred Doucette always wanted to be a soldier. In the 1960s he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served in Cyprus in the 1970s and ?80s and Bosnia in the 1990s. When he returned home to in 1999 after his last overseas tour, he was diagnosed with severe chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually released from the army, Fred found a position with the Operational Stress Injury Social Support program, where he supported serving soldiers and veterans for ten years. Better Off Dead chronicles Fred?s efforts in helping to rehabilitate soldiers and veterans suffering from what the military terms ?operational stress injuries.? We meet Ted, saved from a suicide attempt by a timely phone call; Bob, at wit?s end and reluctantly seeking help to overcome severe PTSD; and Jane, diagnosed with PTSD after having been sexually assaulted while on a tour of duty. These accounts are raw, and desperate, but as Doucette shows, there is hope and real progress through proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Original Publisher: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nimbus Publishing
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781771083553
    Collection(s)/Series: Mental Health Resources