Monday Feb 19, 2024

PTSD and Healing from War

Welcome to an engrossing episode of Inscape Quest podcast where your host, Trudi Howley, engages in an enlightening discussion with Ann Satori, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and poet. In this episode, Ann shares her inspiring journey, using poetry as a therapeutic tool while working with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She also delves into the emotional impact of war on military personnel, using her poem 'Soul Murder' as an illustrative example.

This episode takes you through the concept of moral injury, the dilemmas faced by veterans upon their return from active duty, and the misconceptions surrounding PTSD. You'll also explore the role of neuroscience in understanding PTSD. Moreover, Ann highlights the cultural, political, and military dialogues around PTSD, moral injury, and veterans' welfare, advocating for a collective effort to aid these brave individuals post-war.

Focusing on the unique and complex mental health needs of military veterans, this conversation provides insights into the significant role of professional training and psychoeducation. It also uncovers unconventional therapeutic methods such as equine therapy and the Warrior Story Field, emphasizing their impact on healing and growth.

We also delve into the challenges veterans encounter when transitioning from active service to civilian life - issues like isolation, guilt, shame, drug and alcohol abuse which significantly contribute to high suicide rates. Concluding the conversation, we discuss the vital role community support and understanding play in facilitating this transition.

We wrap up the episode highlighting several resources for those wishing to learn more about military culture and veterans' experiences. Leaving the discussion on a hopeful note, we affirm the availability of help and resources for our veterans, appreciating our guest's dedication to enhancing tolerance and resilience among military veterans. Listen to this episode to expand your understanding of this complex and crucial topic.

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Veterans Mental Health


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