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    Dealing with PTSD

    There have been discussions on SI Forum in the past about the therapeutic value of surfing for returning veterans experiencing or recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This article is about a Marine vet who found canoeing an aid in dealing with PTSD.

    http://news.msn.com/in-depth/former-...in-afghanistan

    I have found activities on, in, or under the water not only fun, enriching, but great for stress relief. Whether it was surfing, diving, sailing a Sunfish or Laser, windsurfing, or kayaking, it was special, and I always felt fulfilled afterwards. I wouldn't want a life without such experiences.

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    Cool article. Thanks for sharing.
    Last edited by capecodcdog; Aug 9, 2014 at 01:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DosXX View Post
    There have been discussions on SI Forum in the past about the therapeutic value of surfing for returning veterans experiencing or recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This article is about a Marine vet who found canoeing an aid in dealing with PTSD.

    http://news.msn.com/in-depth/former-...in-afghanistan

    I have found activities on, in, or under the water not only fun, enriching, but great for stress relief. Whether it was surfing, diving, sailing a Sunfish or Laser, windsurfing, or kayaking, it was special, and I always felt fulfilled afterwards. I wouldn't want a life without such experiences.
    i got a case of PTSD once but the dis-order had not been categorized yet so all i got was neurosis.
    i was living in a high-rise in Lima, Peru and it seems 'my system' did not adjust well to being rocked out
    of bed by earthquakes at (of course) 2 am repeatedly. for years after i would wake up in a panic - cause
    thats what EVERYBODY does in an earthquake - only to soothe myself back to sleep with my mantra...
    new jersey doesn't have earthquakes....new jersey doesn't have earthquakes...new jersey.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    for years after i would wake up in a panic - cause
    thats what EVERYBODY does in an earthquake - only to soothe myself back to sleep with my mantra...
    new jersey doesn't have earthquakes....new jersey doesn't have earthquakes...new jersey.........
    you were doing it wrong - earthquakes are a rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanna View Post
    you were doing it wrong - earthquakes are a rush.
    i tried over and over to tell myself that BUT THE PANIC got in the way.

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    My next door neighbor is an Army ranger. Probably in his late 30s. On "Medical disability" for PTSD. I try to encourage him to surf, because he will always ask me about it when I am loading up boards. He hasn't cracked yet and come to the ocean, but hopefully he will one of these days. I think it will do him good. His wife is at work all day, his kids are at school and I rarely see him leave the house. He tells me he doesn't do well at stores, parks, anywhere with more than a hand full of people. Seen him go ape sh** on a few people before. Worst was a kid creeping through the neighborhood in a tricked out 300z with a loud exhaust. It was noon and his kid was taking a nap, he sprinted out and almost jumped on this teenagers hood and ripped his head off. Again, it was noon, the kid was going like 5MPH.

    I hope he will go surf with me some time, but with that being said, it may be good or it may be bad. I mean, I don't know how he would react if someone dropped in, or if he saw a jelly fish, sting ray or worse. I dunno. I am no mental health professional, but as relaxing as surfing is for us, there are plenty of situations out there that could trigger someone. I know there are various levels of PTSD, but the guy I am referencing seems to have one of the worst cases. He said he had a very serious situation at a kids park, in a verbal altercation with other parents, where he was within seconds of starting to just lay people out. So, maybe I don't want to be the guy bringing him to the lineup and then total carnage is the result.

    Again, I think surfing is therapeutic for a lot of us, but it's not for everyone. If its a challenging day in the water, there are plenty of situations that could cause total panic for some people, especially those that are just learning.

    I think that if surfing is the answer for someone with PTSD, they will find the ocean on their own. Most of us probably feel the same way, that for what ever reason, we were drawn to the ocean at a certain point.

    Surfed with a lot of Iraw/Afghan vets in San Diego. Good people, but I have seen some crazy situations with some of them outside the water. Made the mistake of invited one of them to be a room mate. I could make a whole other thread about that and it would blow your mind.

    Surfing ain't for everyone. Especially if you have issues with panic.

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    Nice artical- kinda sounds fun in a really wierd way...

    Thanks for sharing...

    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    i got a case of PTSD once but the dis-order had not been categorized yet so all i got was neurosis.
    i was living in a high-rise in Lima, Peru and it seems 'my system' did not adjust well to being rocked out
    of bed by earthquakes at (of course) 2 am repeatedly. for years after i would wake up in a panic - cause
    thats what EVERYBODY does in an earthquake - only to soothe myself back to sleep with my mantra...
    new jersey doesn't have earthquakes....new jersey doesn't have earthquakes...new jersey.........
    Lol i thought I was the only one who couldn't deal with Peru's earthquakes.... I remember the nights waking in a panic... Jumping out of bed trying to remember the earth quake procedure... Run around my bed a few times freaking out...then it's done. Over. But can't sleep anymore

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    I believe helping others who are going through what one has have experienced (and perhaps still dealing with) can be therapeutic to both parties. There was an article in the Sunday paper about a wounded (quadriplegic) former 82nd Airborne paratrooper who was sky diving and involved in helping other wounded vets.

    Along the same lines, I see the Wounded Warrior program for surfing (and other sports & activities) as a very good thing. There are those in this Forum who have participated, and it's something I would like to get involved with next time the surf event is held in the VB area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkingonh2o View Post



    Lol i thought I was the only one who couldn't deal with Peru's earthquakes.... I remember the nights waking in a panic... Jumping out of bed trying to remember the earth quake procedure... Run around my bed a few times freaking out...then it's done. Over. But can't sleep anymore
    that was EXACTLY my story. took a few years to get past it.....

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    Agree. When I finished my enlistment I had doubling symptoms of ptsd and tbi. I was nuts before the corps and a real problem after. I self medicated badly. Surfing got lost while I was struggling. One of my buds said "you used to rip, get back in the water dummy." Sometimes I throw turns like I did when I was 17: sometimes. I'm still trying to hit ramps and often get frustrated trying to be my old self in the water-but that will never happen. My brain got rocked so my balance and equilibrium is constantly misfiring. But having something healthy and real to look forward to and generate healthy serotonin has helped me manage symptoms better than any therapy or meds. Life saver.