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I'm the author of four books: Warrior SOS, The Work of Death, Together Forever, and Leaders Wanted. I'm in the doc film Please Remove Your Shoes. I've blogged for The Washington Times, and I write for Guns.com. I've worked for the high-profile U.S.-led Roadmap to Mideast Peace in Israel and Palestine. I've also worked as a SWAT team leader, a Federal Air Marshal and a sole-source training instructor on a classified contract with a U.S. government customer. My master's degree is in Military Studies and terrorism. I'm a former noncommissioned and commissioned Army officer, with service in Iraq. I've been Scuba diving and skydiving; I have trained with members of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, and I'm an FBI-trained crisis negotiator. My interests lie in helping others and in strengthening America through inspiring moral courage, government fiscal responsibility and accountability, and maintaining principles that have made--and will continue to make--the United States of America a blessed and prosperous country. I'm a father of six, a husband, and a police officer. I reside in Utah, and I'm a Mormon. See also https://jeffreydenning.wordpress.com.

October 19, 2012

PTSD not a mental illness?

Recently I've had conversations with an incredible Veteran and Marine, Richard Brewer, who started http://www.jarheadpinhead.org and http://jarheadpinhead.blogspot.com .  He hopes to change the face of PTSD. On his website, it reads: "People telling you it's ok to seek help, to admit you have 'PTSD', but being labeled as 'crazy' or being mentally ill, just doesn't seem right?"

After pausing to consider this excellent observation several days ago, I had it in subconscious thought ever since. Last night I took an opportunity to re-read a great book. Dr. Viktor Frankl survived the Nazi death camp to go on to live a life of helping others with mental health issues. He was one of the most renowned and experienced practitioners of his time.  In his explanation of the therapy he invented, called Logo therapy, he wrote:

“A man’s concern, even his despair, over the worthwhileness of life is an existential distress but by no means a mental disease.” -- Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 2006, Beacon Press, Boston, p 102, original emphasis.

To read amazing interviews with warriors, check out Warrior SOS: Interviews, Insights and Inspiration, the book on Amazon.com. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3WO7VK

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