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Join your host David Pere with his guest Virginia Cruse, as she talks about how retired military individuals suffer from mental health and what she has to say about the solutions in her book “The Soldier’s Guide to PTSD: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, and Therapy Options.”
Sharing a nugget of his experience, David reveals that identity crisis can become all too real once you get out of military service. Losing purpose and undergoing a rough transition is very common post-service. Once it starts going out of hand and gets mixed with a ton of stress, trauma, and unhealthy coping mechanisms, Virginia explains how the impact can be detrimental to one’s quality of life.
In this episode, Virginia discusses the normal logic in PTSD and dissociative reactions, how our continuum of feelings functions in PTSD, why it’s essential to understand our symptoms, and why she believes recovery and therapy are not rocket science.
About Virginia Cruse:
Virginia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in Military Issues and Combat-Related Trauma. She provides crisis intervention and evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Depression, Combat Operational Stress, and other diagnoses.
She is a certified clinician in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy and has 20+ years of experience serving Active Duty Military, Veterans, Military retirees, and family members. She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and an active American Group Psychotherapy Association member.
Virginia is an Army Reserve Officer, Combat Veteran, and published re-searcher. She has one amazing husband, Jay, and one terrible dog, Peanut.
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Outline of the episode:
- [06:20] The transition from military to civilian life
- [09:00] Virginia Cruse – on her ugly adjustment post service
- [19:01] PTSD and hallucinations are normal reactions
- [28:00] There are mind games once you get out of service
- [38:03] Our feelings fall on a continuum
- [47:29] There’s a lot of implicit biases in the discussion of mental health
- [56:22] We test mental health treatments like we test drugs
- [1:07:33] Virginia Cruse – on the hate the book gets
- [1:13:59] Therapy is hard, but it is worth it!
- [1:21:14] What’s next for Virginia and her team?
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