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"Finding my way": Stories of the healing journey of a veteran with chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
DeVillez, Darron Douglas
Winslow, LukeOnley, Marjorie
Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) face a plethora of advice and challenges. When the intervention process begins, the degree to which they participate is critical. In cases of chronic PTSD, participation never ends. Active participation is essential to mental well-being and overall life-satisfaction, and it develops over time, with practice. There are some veterans with PTSD and who seek alternative therapies. One alternative therapy is to write a comprehensive story detailing the journey towards healing. Autoethnography is a scholarly method that can not only education society, but it can also serve as an alternative method towards healing. This autoethnography seeks to understand my story of assimilation, the communication, and healing therapies that serve as an inspirational and motivational tool for veterans with PTSD. The research focuses on the writing and analysis of my personal narratives of continuously recovering from the trauma of PTSD and roads that lie ahead in this never-ending process. Family communication plays a significant role in the lives of veterans. Family communication both before military service and after can drastically effect the severity of military service related PTSD. The more personal stories we can gather regarding PTSD, the greater our understanding of this phenomenon will grow.
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2017
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