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A Short History of PTSD by Patience Mason

PTSD is evident throughout history. PTSD has also been acknowledged and then denied over and over throughout history. The worst episode was during the Vietnam War when the diagnosis was dropped.

Can’t You Just Be Normal for One Day?
Sometimes people need to be reminded that PTSD does not take holidays. 
1 page handout of the lead article from PTG # 22.http://www.robertcmason.com't%20you%20just.pdfshapeimage_2_link_0


How to have healthy boundaries using small steps. Discusses problems with both impregnable walls and weak boundaries. 4 page handout of the lead article in PTG # 8.

First Aid for Trauma Survivors

A series of moves you can do when PTSD symptoms rise up in you. Practical in the moment suggestions from PTG # 33.

PTSD and Holidays 
One therapist wrote me that her WWII combat veterans had their first good Christmas since the war after reading this.  A one page handout of the lead article in PTG # 16.'t%20you%20just.pdfshapeimage_4_link_0
On Killing by David Grossman
An explanation of some of what happens to the physiology of people in combat, information for vets and their family members. 2 page handout from PTG # 22.'t%20you%20just.pdfshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1

Returning from Vietnam by William Crapser

How to bring yourself home by a Vietnam combat vet.

Home From War
Written for the new veterans about what they may be experiencing. Helpful ideas for dealing with problems. 8 pages

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