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Bio Jamie Campbell - author of The Forgotten Few and an advocate for those living with PTSD and mental illnesses affecting 450 MILLION people worldwide.

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PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. We all have our own story to tell and with it comes specific symptoms for each of us.

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"Soon, when all is well, you're going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up."

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In The Forgotten Few: My Battle with PTSD, I spent many chapters speaking about this lovely lady here. Valerie and I married in 2016 in the San Juan islands in Washington state. She is by far my strongest support and I do not feel I could ever give her enough thanks for her daily support and emotional assistance during the writing of the book and to this day. I love you Valerie! ♡♡♡

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Several studies have looked at the effect of a regular exercise program on PTSD symptoms. In a study of adults with PTSD, a 12-week exercise program that included three 30-minute resistance training sessions a week, as well as walking, was found to lead to a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms, depression, and better sleep quality after the program ended. A review of four randomized controlled trials on the effect of regular exercise on PTSD also found that physical activity significantly reduced depressive and PTSD symptoms. It suggested that more studies should be done on this relationship and concluded that including physical activity in the treatment of PTSD appears to be helpful.

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The fight against PTSD is one that we are losing. Law Enforcement is losing. Death is winning. Suicide is stealing our warriors. "A survey of more than 4,000 first responders found that 6.6 percent had attempted suicide, which is more than 10 times the rate in the general population", according to a 2017 article published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

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Many people with mental health problems and mental illness often experience stigma — negative attitudes and the negative behaviours they produce. Stigma spreads fear and misinformation, labels individuals, and perpetuates stereotypes. More than 60% of people with mental health problems and mental illness won't seek the help they need; stigma is one of the main reasons.

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What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder. – Oprah Winfrey

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What keeps you safe at night while you sleep? There are burglars, rapists, drug addicts and murderers wandering in the shadows of our neighbourhoods. This is especially true with ex-convicts with vendettas towards law enforcement. For me, I sleep with my house locked and alarmed. I sleep with an extendable steel baton just inches away and I have Hailey, my personal guard dog always on duty and usually in my bedroom at the door. However, when in hospital all of this is stripped from me leaving me very vulnerable to attack. It is quite a catch 22.

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It was time. Time to get some much needed help. Thank you all for your kind words and messages over the last few days.

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My best days and my end days are sometimes just moments apart. Tonight suicide is on my mind. Writing about it rather than hanging myself in the kitchen is the idea. Mental illness is nasty. PTSD is awful. And suicidal and homicidal ideation is horrific.

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It has been a long journey battling my PTSD but time does not stop. I turned 37 this week and my beautiful wife took me to Barcelona for the best paella in the world.

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The ends of the deepest root all the way to the last leaf - it is all part of the same tree.

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TYPICAL TRAITS OF PTSD MONSTER: 
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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) TYPICAL TRAITS OF PTSD MONSTER: This monster nurses a broken limb from prior battles Can be hypervigilant (on constant “red alert”) and fear betrayal, making it harder to trust Often prefers to be alone, detaching itself from others (often those connected to prior battles) Prone to irritability or outbursts of anger, but also has an ability to protect itself with emotional numbness MONSTER MOVES AND ATTACKS: FLASH-BACK ATTACK Can overcome its opponent with intrusive, upsetting visions TRIGGER ATTACK  A targeted attack that triggers intense physical reactions when opponent is struck (includes pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating) SHOCKPLAY An impulse that causes feelings of intense distress BLIND-ATTACK Can blind its opponent with a view of a limited future NOCTURNE ATTACK Lulls the opponent to sleep and implants nightmare seeds into their dreams

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PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a new name for an old story and there are many complexities to its definition. The name, recognizing a medical condition, was coined several years after the onset of the Vietnam War. Similar symptoms demonstrated by soldiers following the Civil War were called nostalgia. GIs during WWI were said to have shell shock. Military personnel from WWII and the Korean Conflict were suffering combat fatigue. For law enforcement it is an occupational disease than can be brought on by a single traumatic and shocking event; or by exposure over time of many traumatic events.  All of which are part of the job we do.  No matter what term is used, the symptoms are the same. We have a problem in our profession.  It has to do with excessive stress caused by the job of law enforcement and, in it’s extreme form, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  We all know that the stress from this job can be toxic and at times debilitating.  What we don’t seem to believe is that it can happen to us, or someone we work with, because when it does, we don’t know what to do about it. We seem to have created a paradox, which is a contradiction or a situation that seems to defy logic or intuition. Most officers who are exposed to a traumatic, stressful event experience some of the symptoms of PTSD in the days and weeks following exposure.  In those situations where a critical incident such as a shooting or other high stress tragic event is involved, most departments have post event debriefings and assistance of a police psychologist to assist in working through the resulting psychological trauma.  That process works for many involved, but not all.

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Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again ... we are survivors. If you are here today... you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.

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Transcendental Meditation is a specific type of focused meditation that takes practitioners from a state of noisy thinking to a state of inner quietness. Practicing TM reduces stress hormones by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which stimulates the "fight-or-flight" response. This is ideal for individuals suffering with PTSD.