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I can offer individuals who suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, the understanding that is often sorely lacking in this area of mental health, and I can answer many of the questions that are specific to this disease. In addition, I can address many of the questions that individuals who have lived, or who are now living in an alcoholic household need answered, to help them address the emotional, physical, and spiritual toll this illness exacts, not only on the alcoholic, but those who live with the alcoholic as well. I can not address questions concerning the prescription of medications or the diagnosis of disease.

Experience in the area

I am a former Marine who served one tour of duty in Vietnam. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 1980, and have been in several in-patient programs, clinical veteran groups, and one-on-one counseling for approxmately twenty years. I was raised in an alcoholic household, and I have been a member of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) for sixteen years. Over the years, I have acquired a wealth of experience that I believe can be beneficial in helping others to examine their own issues. I am also a writer, and I have used writing as a means of examining my own life, and as a tool for working through personal issues.


ALANON (ACOA) - A 12 Step Program (16 years). Disabled American Veterans (DAV) (20 years).


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B.S. Computer Science - Buffalo State College 1988 Currently tutoring English students at Buffalo State College, and working on my undergrad degree in writing.

Awards and Honors

Decorated military veteran Exemplary Service award from English department of Buffalo State College.

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2015-08-31 Ptsd:

Desirai,         The simple answer to your question is no. No, you will not sound like a "nut" case, whatever that is. Rather, you will sound like a person who has lost someone dear to her. You will sound

2012-12-13 PTSD and Religion:

Hi Nancy,          The short answer to your question ["Do you think that faithfully attending religious services, and committing your life to God can/will aid to lessen the symptoms of PTSD?"]  is possibly

2012-07-30 Individual Unemployability:

Joyce,         The short answer is: I don't know. I have not had any recent disability claim experience with the VA. My area of expertise is the disorder, or PTSD. The claims process is circuitous and

2012-04-27 VA contradictions on PTSD treatments:

   The short answer to your question is to take another route to addressing your PTSD. This doctor's belief system gives him no right to deny you treatment. The following web site will take you to the

2012-02-20 PTSD:

Gary,         Many of your concerns i.e. "I am dreading going back to work so much that my anxiety is worsening.  The days are counting down now, and each day I get more and more nervous and depressed


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