Assessing Trauma Through Art: The Signs of Inner Struggle

Assessing Trauma Through Art: The Signs of Inner Struggle

"Traumatic brain injury" (TBI) refers to sudden head trauma that causes harm to a person's brain. One context in which TBI might occur is military service, in which a person is always exposed to danger and physical injury. Those who have experienced TBI might also be diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, usually: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, or generalized anxiety disorder. To find a more effective way of supporting military service members to cope with the psychological trauma that often accompanies TBI, therapist Melissa Walker — of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, MD — started an art...

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