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PTSD / combat trauma: Welcome

Resources regarding PTSD, TBI, and other post-traumatic issues, especially those facing veterans.


An introduction to research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as other physical, mental, and emotional issues faced by veterans returning to civilian life.


There are currently over 20 million veterans in the United States, about 1/4 of whom have recently returned from Gulf-War–era deployment.1  Soldiers have always found challenges returning to civilian life, never more so than now. What used to be called shell shock, combat fatigue, or soldier's heart has more recently been treated as a diagnosable—and at least partially treatable—disorder, typically referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent developments in armor and weaponry have meant fewer combat fatalities, but the ironic corollary has been a much higher rate of wounded & traumatized soldiers returning home. It is estimated that 20–30% of Iraq/Afghanistan vets have PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).2  Depression is widespread among returning veterans; in 2012, more active-duty personnel died by suicide than died in battle.3

Not surprisingly, a lot of attention has been focused on finding new ways to assist with or treat these conditions. Questions have also arisen concerning how best to accommodate veterans and trauma victims. There are varying ideas of how best to diagnose, and treat, these afflictions. There are also a wide range of institutional responses—from hospitals, schools, and other organizations. Much remains to be seen about which responses are best and most effective.

Photo: Section of 365 0127 by flickr user TimCaynes

Nebraska Hotlines

Region 3 (including Buffalo, Hall, and Adams counties)

Regional Emergency Systems Coordinator
Beth Reynolds
(308)237–5113 ext. 234
Cell: (308) 440–9113
Mid-Plains Center (800) 515–3326
Center for Psychological Svcs (800) 325–1111

Region 4 (including Platte county)

Regional Emergency Systems Coordinator
Melinda Crippen
(402) 370–3100 ext. 122
Cell: (402) 750–6172
Crisis Navigators (Columbus) (402) 564–3264

Region 2 (including Dawson county)

Regional Emergency Systems Coordinator
Robyn Schultheiss
(877) 269–2079
Great Plains Regional Med Ctr Help Line (800) 399–2346







Dealing with Trauma and Distress

This program is designed to help people deal with traumatic stress and explore the best ways of managing it. Topics in this useful video include recognizing signs of day-to-day stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and secondary symptoms. The video focuses on the various steps of managing traumatic stress, including understanding signs and symptoms, uncovering unhelpful coping mechanisms, going out of your way to avoid trigger situations, and developing positive coping strategies.

MLA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
"Dealing with Trauma and Distress." Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2007. Web. 16 June 2014. <>.

APA Citation (replace red text with today's date, in same format)
Dealing with Trauma and Distress. (2007). Retrieved June 16, 2014, from

(for a more navigable interface, go directly to Films on Demand)
  1. Signs of Stress (02:54)
  2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (03:01)
  3. Traumatic Stress Management: Recognize Signs & Symptoms (02:14)
  1. Traumatic Stress Management: Unhelpful Coping Mechanisms (01:35)
  2. Traumatic Stress Management: Positive Coping Mechanisms (02:48)
  3. Traumatic Stress Management: Outcome (01:51)