lunes, 20 de marzo de 2017

Celebrate good times! No luck, charms or alcohol required |

Celebrate good times! No luck, charms or alcohol required |

Celebrate good times! No luck, charms or alcohol required

Marine Cpl. Edward Blodgett, wears a leprechaun hat at a regimental run in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

Marine Cpl. Edward Blodgett, wears a leprechaun hat at a regimental run in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

UNless you’ve been hiding under the Blarney Stone, you’ve seen the shamrocks — St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. In America, many adults celebrate the holiday with Irish jigs, witty toasts — and a lot of alcohol. But, if you are coping with posttraumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury (TBI) you may want to pass up that pint of green beer.
Many trauma survivors use alcohol to relieve pain and other symptoms, but the relationship between combat stress and substance use is counterproductive and can be dangerous. And drinking alcohol with a TBI can complicate your injury or delay recovery.
Know Your Limits
If you choose to drink, take a proactive approach and start by learning how alcohol affects you.
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) Alcohol Awareness Kit includes a drink planning card that can help you understand your drinking behavior. You can use the card to track drinking patterns and identify red flags or situations to avoid.
If you know certain people, places or things trigger you to drink more than you plan, the T2 Mood Tracker mobile app can help. The app lets you track your emotions, triggers and helpful coping tools. Tracking your moods and triggers will help you stay alert during those times you are vulnerable to alcohol misuse.
Of course, having a plan is always a great idea. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Blog offers ideas for how to avoid excess drinking, such as knowing your surroundings (situational awareness for you military folks) and having an accountability partner (wingman, battle buddy, etc.).
Choose Your Own Adventure
Don’t forget, you have options – and lots of them! In most cases, you get to decide how you celebrate.
If you need ideas for fun things to do in your area, try the Positive Activity Jackpot, another useful T2 mobile app. This interactive app shows activities nearby, offers suggestions and connects with your contacts so you can invite friends along to join in the fun.
Worried About Your Drinking? Talk About It
If you know you are at risk for or have a history of substance abuse, have a chat with your health care provider. Meeting with a mental health or primary care provider to talk about concerns is a proactive step. You’ll learn more about substance use risks, situations to avoid, and ideas to improve your overall well-being.
Until you meet with your provider, there are plenty of resources you can access online at The Deployment Health Clinical Center. They even have a standard drink calculator with really useful facts. For example, did you know that a typical margarita has more than one drink’s worth of alcohol? That’s good to know because realizing that one margarita isn’t equal to one single drink (it’s actually equal to 1.7 drinks) will help you track your alcohol intake — and hopefully avoid bad choices later.
The Real Warriors Campaign provides easy-to-understand content and helpful links — including the early signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse. Reading, or even scanning, the information the campaign offers can help you understand your limits. You’ll also learn how excessive drinking can cause (or worsen) anxiety, depression, insomnia and other health concerns.
If you have concerns and want to learn more about substance use disorder (for yourself or for someone you care about) DHCC has a fact-filled brochure you can download and share.
The DCoE Outreach Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to answer questions and provide resources on alcohol misuse, as well as other psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues. Call 866-966-1020, email or live chat.
Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

Brain Injury Awareness Part 1: It all starts with prevention

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin Woodside discusses “the day that changed the rest of my life.”
There are four aspects of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery. In the first of a four-part series, we meet a Coast Guardsman who has made it through all four areas
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Think Ahead: Observing Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. 'THINK AHEAD: Be Safe. Know the Signs, and Get Help.'
Mild TBI, also known as a concussion, is common in the military in both garrison and theater
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Wearing a helmet can ‘protect your grape’

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Thien Trinh, a corpsman with Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Neurology Department, places a helmet on Knight Moore, 5, to check if it fits properly. Sailors from Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Neurology Department visited a local elementary school in Pensacola, Florida to promote helmet safety. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)
Approximately 26,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency departments annually for traumatic brain injuries
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Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in your child

Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashley Sandoval (left), 21st Force Support Squadron, secures Savannah Butler (right) into her car seat as Savannah's mom, Air Force Staff Sgt. Montie Butler (center) looks on. Sandoval provided car seat training to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, parents at the Child Development Center in a program hosted by the 50th Space Wing safety office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)
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DCoE Outreach Center

Call for Help 24/7 1-866-966-1020
Free, Fast and Accurate Information for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Concerns
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March marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

Hana Rice, a guide with U.S. Military Outdoor Recreation, secures a climbing rope after repelling from an approximate 35 foot rock face within the National Network of Footpaths in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Members of the climbing party were required to wear the appropriate climbing helmet and safety harness in order to prevent possible injuries such as traumatic brain injury. TBI awareness is observed throughout the month of March in hopes of spreading awareness of the trauma and potentially preventing future cases. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball)
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
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Partner with DVBIC to promote Brain Injury Awareness Month

Army Col. Geoffrey G. Grammer
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center is the DoD center of excellence for traumatic brain injury
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Seeing double? Brain injury could be cause

Ophthamologist Air Force Maj. Thuy Tran evaluates a patient during an eye exam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel)
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Winter sports safety: Got a helmet?

Army National Guard Spc. Charity McGeary, a combat medic with the 856th Military Police Company, does a backflip on her snowboard at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona. About 20 percent of skiing or snowboarding injuries are head injuries. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Barbour)
Most people don’t associate winter sports with concussions the way football, soccer and lacrosse are
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BLAST: Greater speed, accuracy in recognizing brain injury

Marines shield themselves from a detonated explosive charge during a breaching exercise. Modern body armor better protects warfighters against shrapnel from explosive blasts. However, they still face the resulting blast pressure and shock wave that could cause traumatic brain injury. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)
The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of a portable, three-part system that can measure blast pressure, establish injury thresholds for the brain and analyze potential TBI symptoms
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New year, new medicine cabinet

The Military Health System has a drug take back program to help service members and their families dispose of their medications safely. The Department of Justice also has a national take-back initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Valerie Monroy)
Many of our medicine cabinets have bottles of prescribed and over-the-counter medications that are expired or that we no longer use
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Throughout 2016, the Defense Centers of Excellence addressed many issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury
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To drink or not to drink: Have a plan

USS John C. Stennis' crew and family members dance during a command holiday party. For someone concerned about alcohol intake or battling substance abuse, social events may seem threatening. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang)
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History of military medical advancements in brain injury treatment

Army Sgt. Liliane Milo, a medic with 4th Infantry Division, checks in Soldiers for Military Acute Concussion Evaluations.
Much of our TBI awareness stems from progress in brain injury research by military medicine
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Air Force supports improved method for transporting TBI patients

Cornerstone Research Group’s aeromedical evacuation stretcher is shown during a compatibility test on a KC-135 aircraft. (Courtesy photo)
Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine scientists are testing and evaluating a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles
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