Family members can support a veteran with adjustment disorder by being nonjudgmental, sympathetic and understanding. Adjustment disorder is the result of a life change or stress that overwhelms the veteran’s ability to cope. You may not respond to change or stress in the same way, or to the same degree. Avoid suggesting that the veteran is weak or overreacting because their response to stress is different from yours. Understand that the condition is usually short-lived, and that therapy can ease the symptoms and speed recovery. Encourage your veteran to seek professional mental health support when adjustment disorder is interfering with their ability to function. Consider family therapy as a means to reduce tension and create a supportive home environment for the veteran.
Lee A. Solomon, MD
Location and Office HoursBehavioral Health Associates PC
Chattanooga, TN 37421
- BC/BS of Tennessee
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Cariten Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- TRICARE South/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Erlanger Baroness Campus
- Erlanger North Hospital
- HealthSouth Chattanooga Rehabilitation Hospital
- Memorial Hospital
- Memorial North Park Hospital
- Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
How can family members support a veteran with adjustment disorder?
Challenge America answered
Should I be optimistic about the future?
Arianna Huffington, , answered
Whether we are optimistic or apocalyptic about the future depends on our perspective. Do we focus on what is dying or on what is being born? On the miraculous power contained within man's spirit or on the universal presence of man's destructiveness? Both sides clamor for our attention. But optimism, a confident hopefulness, is neither a blindness to real tragedy nor a personal quirk, fueled by naiveté. It is the hallmark of spiritual thinkers throughout the ages who have been most awake to the truth of our Fourth Instinct. Through and beyond the cruelty, injustice and suffering of the world, they have seen perfection in the making; and although they speak in various languages and images, they have delivered a single message. All have seen, and all teach, that the key that will unlock the next stage in our evolution is already within ourselves. It has been implanted in us.
How is my unconscious mind like a computer?
Master Stephen Co, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
The unconscious mind is neutral. It is neither “on your side” nor “against you.” It is often said that the unconscious mind functions much like a computer, carrying out its duties in accordance with the information that is loaded into it. Most of its programs are beneficial, or at least have a positive or utilitarian aspect. For instance, it’s a good thing that you don’t have to think consciously to control your respiration. Some of its programs have both positive and negative implications. For example, it’s also good that, when we are in a life-threatening situation, we don’t have to activate with conscious thought all the bodily changes that we need to occur to save ourselves. But, this protection impulse of the unconscious mind can go too far and cause problems. Finally, each of us has many other programs, as well, that we have learned, developed, or had imprinted upon us in the course of living our lives and coming under the influence of parents, schools, peers, the media, and other authority figures. They’re unique to us.
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