Our Story

Our Story

This Is Our Story & Why We Do This NEW! March, 2014 update (see below) In January of 2003, my 19 year old Army Reserve son, announced to me that he volunteered for duty in Iraq and would be leaving … Continued
Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy – Visual, Performing, Written Art Therapy is a powerful method of expression.  It is one way that many veterans and families are finding that may offer great benefit in dealing with challenges and many times, has the possibility … Continued
Physical Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Headaches Stomach problems Changes in breathing patterns (i.e. shortness of breath) Lack of energy OR Sometimes being very active and over-energetic Sleep problems Feeling of emotional pain that you have never … Continued
Psychological Symptoms

Psychological Symptoms

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Mood swings Memory problems Addiction/Self Medication Loss of personal hygiene/housekeeping Risk taking behavior Isolation Depression (thinking “what’s the point”) Paranoid thoughts PTSD symptoms usually do not begin to surface until 3-6 … Continued
Sleep Problems

Sleep Problems

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Insomnia (not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep) Having nightmares Waking up covered in sweat Kicking during sleep Constantly waking up and falling back asleep, possibly due to bad … Continued
Isolation

Isolation

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Early Stages: The individual will begin to slowly start cutting himself or herself off from society. These symptoms can be shown by a lack of wanting to go out to social … Continued
Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Hypersensitivity and anxiety usually go hand-in-hand. The most common symptoms are sensitivity to bright light, loud noises, large crowds, unfamiliar places and/or being easily startled. At first these symptoms may appear … Continued
Memory Problems

Memory Problems

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Memory problems are probably the most commonly shared symptoms of PTSD sufferers. As first, memory problems may be somewhat hard to diagnose, but often it is a progressive symptom and … Continued
Suppressed Traumatic Memories

Suppressed Traumatic Memories

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) In many cases, when a person is exposed to a traumatic event, they will often suppress the memory of it. It is a survival mechanism built into us to help us … Continued