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Michael Cain is the author of The Pain of PTSD and the Healing Power of Journaling. He has taught creative writing to soldiers at Fort Bragg, as well as coached soldiers in therapeutic writing, for over seven years. He has been a non-fiction and fiction writer for over fifteen years. His youngest son joined the army in 2000 and has been deployed nine times.
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In this episode, Michael Cain—author of The Pain of PTSD and the Healing Power of Journaling and coach for the wounded warriors at Fort Bragg—identifies the signs and symptoms of PTSD and reveals the secret to healing: journaling. According to Cain, there are only two ways to safeguard your heart and mind against the effects of PTSD: talk about it and write about it. The process of journaling may not come naturally for most, but it can make the difference between becoming debilitated by PTSD and breaking free from it. For the spouse of the military member struggling with PTSD, Michael Cain gives some powerful advice on how to support, understand, cope, and heal. Come alongside your spouse, be there when they need to talk, and encourage the small wins and you will witness a significant transformation in your spouse. Most military members are not equipped to handle the intense emotions and memories they experience after war, but with time they can begin to build confidence and identify their triggers.
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