The Many Faces of Blast Related TBI/PTSD

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Behind the Mask: Revealing the Trauma of War

A Two Part Series by Caroline Alexander. Originally appearing in National Geographic.

Today we’ll be looking at part one in the series.

Blast related TBI has been called the “signature” injury of the Afghan/Iraqi war. That means it’s a big deal, so everyone should sit up a listen. Besides that, did you see where that article came from? National Geographic. If it’s big enough that a generalist magazine that has a very large circulation is devoting not one but TWO articles to it… that means it’s a HUGE deal. So pay attention.

First of all, did you actually read it? Did you flip through the pictures of the masks these brave young men and women created to represent what they are going through? The themes I saw on them were: forced silence, confusion, pain, monsters/medical nightmares. What themes did you see? What…

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