Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What You Should Know About Combat Stress

Dr. Glenn Schiraldi, who has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland, discussed the nature, prevention, and treatment of combat stress when he was interviewed on the BlogTalkRadio show YourMilitaryLife.com that Nancy Brown of YourMilitary.com and I co-host.

Dr. Schiraldi is the author of The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, World War II Survivors: Lessons in Resilience, The Self-Esteem Workbook, Ten Simple Solutions for Building Self-Esteem, and The Anger Management Sourcebook.

I particularly liked his use of the word "inoculation" when he talked about mental health training before being exposed to the stress of combat.

Listen to his interview now to learn more about inoculating yourself and your loved ones against mental illness caused by trauma.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs as a National Internet Business Examiner and at Operation Support Jews in the Military and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her newest military-related project is the book/website project In Support of Our Troops.

Phyllis' company Miller Mosaic LLC provides internet marketing information to help people promote their brand, book or business. On July 1st the company is launching the Miller Mosaic Internet Marketing Program.


Anonymous said...

There is no way to "innoculate" yourself, or anyone else, to the unimaginable stress of combat. You cannot do it before, you cannot do it after. I applaud Schiraldi's recognition of this horror, but suspect he has not experienced it. Reducing it to an academic exercise is almost disrespectful. Only vets, who have held a dying friend in their arms, are qualified to speak out on this subject.

Anonymous said...

Amen. This guy probably makes a lot of money from the government to think out loud about things that even his imagination cannot comprehend. More effort should be exerted toward helping soldiers after combat. You cannot prepare them for it. In WW2, no marine ever hit a Pacific beach more than once. Why? The first time they knew not what they were getting into. They would have the 2d time, and would have refused, or been totally unable to.