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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion), and OUR Veterans!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

To all the Veterans out there, Thank you! For the service you provided to keep us safe and for providing us this freedom, which we are all granted in the United States.

Thank you for signing up to fight, to obey orders, go on repeated deployments away from your loved ones so that all of us who didn’t may enjoy that luxury of not knowing the experience of war, battle, and the mental and emotional stressors that accompany these circumstances that you have endured.

For all the Veterans who are homeless, dependent on substances, and fighting the good fight in their self, I hope that you seek help and it is provided to you at a rate you can afford. For without those veterans who were so afflicted – it would likely be you or me in this very same predicament. So as a gentle reminder, be kind to the homeless, be kind to the passerby on the street that is looking alarmed. You never know it could just be one of the Veterans who helped maintain your luxuries.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Health) is a disorder and can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster., which may occur in many people from many different circumstances but commonly affects our Veterans, along with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which many will know as a concussion due to the likelihood of exposure to explosions and being tossed or dislodged from various scenarios. Both of these conditions have physiological changes that occur in the body and therefore can receive treatment which may help them. It is never to late to seek help. These two very serious disorders and pathologies have life changing symptoms, physiological changes, and behavior displays that are extremely puzzling to the naked or untrained eye.

Included symptoms or behavior displays are:

  • Change in behavior

  • Aggression

  • Aggravation

  • Short term and/or long term memory loss

  • Triggers that bring on causing the person to either react or retract.

  • Often times the person who is experiencing them will not talk about the events for fear of reliving the scene again – or may not want you to endure the same experience just from talking about it.

These are just a few. These are not inclusive and they are not by any means diagnostic.

Should you care to seek more information or are a veteran here is a link for PTSD, don’t forget to check out the TBI information as well.

For those who are aware of their traumas – physical, emotional and mental, there are many ways of coping and decompressing from these. Call Dr. Stover today to discuss some options and goals at 203.693.1932 or go to to get to know Dr. Stover, common conditions, and book your first appointment. 10% off your first appointment when you mention this blog and where you saw it. 

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