Question for military / former military
Took a break from cutting ivy and got the mail, I just received my Gulf War Newsletter (Winter 2016) today and see that 52% of deployed study participants screened positive for at least one mental health condition (PTSD, major depressive, or other anxiety).
That's a problem with a well-trained combat arms MOS, all wound up and no way to release it healthily far too often.
If the VA only had a quality nation-wide mental health division.
My first counselor was also a trained Psychiatrist, tried to shove prescription after prescription at me... reduce those guys and hire 3 Counselors per Psych for the same money and you will treat the symptom, not hide it behind drugs. I refused 3 different prescriptions, then refused the counselor and found one on my own dime years later when I was really struggling.
The counselor that helped me find my peace the most was trained in eastern philosophy... hence the Buddhism.
I have come from using a hammer to solve my challenges to being a "velvet hammer", my words are soft but when I hit, the strike is solid and commands better attention to people not accustomed to military directive. I train my junior admins in this to this day.
You need more people like counselor this helping our soldiers.
In the US Army, we used a phrase "chicken$hit" to describe an order, regulation, or task that was so ridiculous that when given the freedom to accomplish the mission without it, we modified it into something reasonable and drove on. In civilian life, chicken$hit came by the dump truck loads, learning to bullfight the volume of chicken$hit and never let it hit should have been a required day's training in ETS out-processing.
Last edited by Emerging Buddhist; 06-23-2016 at 08:51 AM.