In his excellent book, Once A Warrior -- Always A Warrior, Colonel Charles Hoge, MD states:
"What I'm considering is how each person experiences the condition, or what they perceive the condition to be. For warriors, PTSD can be a day-to-day experience of living with memories they want to forget, staying constantly alert to dangers or perceived dangers others don't pay attention to, enduring sleepless nights, and reacting to things at home as if still in the war zone."
The symptoms of PTS are usually grouped into three categories:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or concussion symptoms often are temporary and may include some of the following: momentary loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue, mood changes, problems with memory, and difficulties with concentration, attention or thinking. Some of these and other aspects of PTS and mild TBI are part of the story of “SCARS".
Your donation to Post Traumatic Stress Theater supports the creative dramatic program designed to soften the scars of this disease from the daily lives of its sufferers and their families. Post Traumatic Stress Theater is a project of the University of Portland. Donations to our work is tax deductible. Your contributions are greatly appreciated! Checks should be made out to "University of Portland (PTS Theater Program)" and may be sent to:
PTS Theater Program
Attn: Richard Berg, CSC
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland OR 9720
PTS Theater is a Portland-based 501(c)(3) organization providing a unique opportunity to help our returning warriors find relief through creative dramatics.