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PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

For Marines and family members dealing with PTSD, on the OpSEC Compliant, Inc. Marine Family Network Community.

Members: 51
Latest Activity: May 23

Welcome to the PTSD Group

Your Volunteer Moderator for this MFN group is 1~HCC_proud mom (Keri).  If you have questions or concerns about the group, please add Keri as a friend so you can talk with her directly, or ask in the forum below.



Click here for quick access to the PTSD News Articles discussion forum.


The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Thursday, December 12th, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed post-traumatic stress disorder book Downrange: To Iraq and Back and Once a Warrior: Wired for Life, participates in a monthly online discussion group sponsored by, Inc.  

Discussion Forum

PTSD News Articles

Started by Marine Parents Inc. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) May 23. 73 Replies

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Started by 1~Keri (HCC). Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jun 27, 2016. 1 Reply

Handling PTSD during the Holidays

Started by 1~Keri (HCC) Jan 1, 2016. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Dec 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Oct 14, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Sep 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Jul 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Jun 2, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night - Thursday, 05/09/13

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM May 6, 2013. 0 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Apr 21, 2013. 0 Replies

What happens after Marine asks for help...

Started by VPMM. Last reply by 1~Tanya (Tanya) Mar 17, 2013. 4 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night - Thursday, MARCH 21, 2013

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM. Last reply by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Mar 15, 2013. 2 Replies

Dr. Cantrell Chat Night on Thursday, 12/13/12

Started by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Dec 11, 2012. 0 Replies

Feeling very alone right now

Started by Alicia. Last reply by MusicRoxMySox Oct 10, 2012. 2 Replies

Just as confused - question

Started by MusicRoxMySox Oct 10, 2012. 0 Replies

Does this sound like PTSD?

Started by Alicia. Last reply by MusicRoxMySox Oct 10, 2012. 5 Replies

Parental PTSD

Started by 1~Kevsproudmom (Sue) Volunteer. Last reply by 1~PMMOM (Martha) Mar 15, 2012. 14 Replies

I just need support right now...

Started by Alicia. Last reply by 1~Tanya (Tanya) Jan 26, 2012. 6 Replies

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Comment by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM on September 8, 2013 at 9:37pm

That's wonderful, Proud marine Mom!  I have to say when I ride a bike I tend to leave my worries behind - not the same, I know, but I think it's a 'freeing' activity.  Of course, my high was 15 miles ; ).  He and the group have a goal to make so it's also a physical challenge for them.   Sounds like good things to me.

With pride in and prayers for all who serve our country,

Sandy (1~sandyr)

Director:  Online Support Services

VPMM of Brian

Comment by Proud Marine Mom on September 8, 2013 at 6:51pm

I wanted to share that my son started with Ride 2 Recovery and they are riding from Boston to Philly. Is going to take them 1 week, today they rode their bicycles 56 miles. It was awesome to hear how excited he was on the phone. I have the feeling that this is going to be a good thing for his recovery. 

Comment by knightmom (Kathi) on August 9, 2013 at 6:01pm

Iron~Mike...God bless you!  Just reading your post brought tears to my eyes.  Its amazing that another of God's creatures can give such deep love and care for a human being who is hurting so deeply.  Thank you for sharing your deeply personal story with us and for shining a light of hope for those who are in the throws of this horrible condition.  Thank you.

Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on August 9, 2013 at 5:45pm
Shelter dogs train to aid vets with PTSD
By Janese Silvey - The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune via AP
Posted : Saturday Sep 3, 2011 10:18:36 EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Johnson applauded when Stella, a boxer mix, made it through a dark, curved tunnel on an obstacle course at Columbia Canine Sports Center.

To continue reading:
Comment by Proud Marine Mom on August 8, 2013 at 8:11pm

Hello Iron Mike,

We actually adopted a Weimaraner about 5 years ago. She is an awesome dog, and she spends a lot of time with him. I know she makes a difference in his life. She follows him around and he doesn't mind, he cares a lot about her. My son was "prescribe" a service dog to help him, but it was not the right time  for him. Once he feels ready to handle the dog he can go back and they will train him with the dog. In the mean time he is taking one day at a time. He is exploring the possibility to go to school and will like to get a job.


Thanks, it helps to talk about it!


Comment by Iron~Mike on August 8, 2013 at 12:57am

~ Hello . . . .

~ While I can't possibly know All of anyone's exact circumstances; what I pro-offer is what has helped both myself {years earlier}, & then also our Veteran Marine, after his Honorable Discharge.

~ In Feb. '97, an industrial accident took out my right side & my mind, for quite a spell. Usage of my leg came back with-in the 1st 6 months; the 'new full usage' of my arm took even longer @ about 3-4 years; & my PTSD affected mind took betwixt 3-5 years post-retirement {for a total of 5-7 years} to return to my then 'new normal'.

~ In '99, as a reward for my refusing disability, & pushing myself unto a regular retirement; my wife bought me a Black Labrador puppy. It turned out for me {& All of Us}, that Raven~Dog was Better for my minds' healing, than anyone or anything else that had been tried to help me, in the previous 2 years, before my retirement.

~ The Unconditional Love of that pet unto this person: helped me to overcome the outbursts of repressed anger; & my exercising Raven: to regain the ability to walk better than I had been doing previously, & eventually to also throw a water-toy for him, a fair bit out into the local reservoirs. In Time: Raven & I would go out together, for 2-3 hours.

~ Years later, our Marine Veteran returned unto our home; previously having been stateside @ Camp Pendleton for more than a year after his last combat deployment {which had included supporting the 1st attempt for Fallujah in early 2004, numerous trips in & about the 'Triangle of Death', plus some duties out to the Syrian border clashes}.

~ At times: we too, had to see that: 'Thousand Mile Stare'. He went into his old room for the better part of 2 years. As close as he had been unto me as a child: I could Not reach him with any of my numerous Careful Loving efforts. {on a side note: as a teenager, he had spent many a night watching over me, before he enlisted to become a Marine, by May of 2001; Naturally, I was only trying to return the favor, since he was now the one in need of Caring Loving Help}

~ Again it was "Raven's Charcoal Nugget", whom could help, whenst Nobody Elset could reach our son. I cannot give you many details, because much of the 'Blessing' that happened betwixt our son & Raven, occurred on the other side of that closed door of his room; where I wasn't permitted to go . . . .

~ Yet, since Raven had helped me afore times, I Knew that our son was in Good Paws, whilst our son had to pause with-in his Life. I can tell you that many people have agreed/told me, that there's just 'Something' about a pet, that often can help a person.

~ Also, I can tell you that our son has returned unto college, utilizing his Veteran's benefits, & has graduated the 1st level of his desired degrees in Computer Technologies, with Highest Honors & the Only 4.0, in his class.

~ Respectfully Sincerely, & Always Prayerfully for ALL . . . .

~ A Marine~Dad~Grandpa Friend, Mike

~ BTW: It doesn't have to be a dog to be of help; that is dependent upon the individual's preferences and/or circumstances of their current setting or condition. A cat, hamster, or even a simple goldfish may be more helpful unto some people.

~ Sincerely, Mike ~

Comment by Proud Marine Mom on August 7, 2013 at 8:20pm

My son was just retired with Chronic PTSD, he is only 25.  3 tours to Afghanistan and a great career. When he got back from his last tour I looked into his eyes and I saw a tunnel. I knew right away something was wrong. This is so hard, but I know he needs us and I want to be able to provide the best support possible. I noticed he does better when he is around family,  and I remain positive around him. I joined this page because during the difficult times I can't talk to my husband about it as openly as I will like, I don't want to worry him. My husband was also medically retired from the Army and yes he has some issues as well. So you see, I spend the majority of the time keeping things at home nice and calm. Wow! it can be exhausting. But I definitely maintain a good attitude and a smile on my face. 

Comment by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM on March 18, 2013 at 9:55pm

Also, Dr. Cantrell's monthly live chat is this Thurs, 3/21.  I have heard her in person at one of our conferences and think that she is excellent.  Here's more info, including the link to our live chat room:

With pride in and prayers for all who serve our country,

Sandy (1~sandyr)

MFN:  Director of Online Support Services

VPMM of Brian

Comment by 1~Tanya (Tanya) on March 17, 2013 at 7:40pm

There are many resources out there.  If you are connected with eMarine, there are family help people there, as well as the DSTRESS hotline. 

You can learn more about the “DSTRESS” hotline including contact info in an article in our newsroom:

Hope that helps some!

1~Tanya, New Membership and Group Moderator Volunteer

VPM of LCpl Sam, MP

Comment by Leighj1234 on March 17, 2013 at 7:31pm
Yeah Jason was not happy and was having a really hard time adjusting to balancing the two worlds. I didn't even think about PTSD until someone else asked me. But now reading your post, I believe it even more. It's so hard!
Now J is in MCT so it's a little different. It's scary though, lots of prayers please!!

Are you and your son on good terms right now?!

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