Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/MTBI) Chain Teaching Program

Wednesday July 18, 2007

What is it? Estimates from the current war show that approximately 10 to 20 percent of Soldiers returning from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan may suffer with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some returning Soldiers may also suffer with the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as a concussion, which has many similar symptoms to PTSD. PTSD is a condition that may occur upon experiencing a terrifying physical or emotional event. Soldiers suffering with PTSD may feel chronically and emotionally numb often referred to as "shell shock" or "battle fatigue." Mild TBI may cause Soldiers to exhibit behavioral health symptoms such as sleep and memory problems, confusion, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and irritability. For some Soldiers, these symptoms may go away in a year or less. For others, the effects may last for a lifetime.

What is the Army doing? The Army and Army Medical Department, in an effort to educate Soldiers and Family members on these two conditions and also to reduce the stigma associated with Soldiers who seek care, launched a PTSD/MTBI Chain Teaching Program across the Army today. The Chain Teaching Program is a "Leaders Teaching Soldiers" program. It is being rolled-out initially to leaders in the chain of command who will then present it to Soldiers. All Army components (Active, National Guard and Reserve) must complete the training within 90 days of launch, or by no later than Oct. 18. The training information along with the trainer's guide and script are available to Army leaders and Soldiers on the Army Knowledge Online Web site, the Army home page and the Army Behavioral Health Web site. A related program for Family members also is available on the Army home page and behavioral site.

Army.mil "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Chain Training" links:

- Main Landing Page
- Soldier Version
- Soldiers Version Setup Instructions

Family Readiness Group (FRG) Version
- Army Media Player
- Windows Media Download
- Quicktime Download

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.

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