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Table 1 Topics discussed by veterans, providers, and family members

From: Protocol for the evaluation of a digital storytelling approach to address stigma and improve readiness to seek services among veterans

Clips of veterans Clips of clinicians Clips of family members
WHO I AM
A.J., US Army (1978–1998),
Germany/Korea/US
WHO I AM
Dr. Peter Tuerk, Clinical Psychologist, Director of PCT Clinic, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC
WHO I AM
O.J., daughter of A.J.
HOW I KNEW I HAD PTSD
I was waking up, sweating, [and I] couldn’t go back to sleep…
WHAT PTSD IS
A very, very lonely experience… People have thoughts and nightmares they experience alone. They want to isolate…
LIVING WITH SOMEONE WITH PTSD
I didn’t experience a childhood… I would give up going to a friend’s house in case Dad needed me.
HOW PTSD AFFECTS THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE
My daughter would ask, ‘Mommy, why is Daddy crying?’
HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE READY FOR HELP
Have the worst time sleeping, they isolate the most, have no relationships, extremely on edge all the time…
THE SIGNS THAT I SAW
He wouldn’t converse with me as much, he was a little distant, his temper…
WHY I DIDN’T ASK FOR HELP RIGHT AWAY
I didn’t think she [my therapist] could relate to what I had been exposed to…
WHAT TREATMENT IS LIKE
People are asked to sort of get used to the things that are bothering them the most…
HOW PTSD AFFECTS A FAMILY
When I got older, he would start isolating himself… I would talk 'at him' without him saying anything.
WHEN I KNEW I NEEDED HELP
I heard about Gulf War Vets not being able to sleep, etc. I thought 'Wow, that’s some of the symptoms I have.'
WHAT TREATMENT CAN DO FOR YOU
Set goals and target treatment to those goals. If Veteran wants to get rid of nightmares, use exposure…
THE HARDEST PART
PTSD made him shelter me a lot…I couldn’t go to the movies on the weekend or house parties
WHAT TREATMENT WAS LIKE FOR ME
My homework was to go into the Walmart or crowded mall for 30–45 mins…
QUESTIONS WE’VE BEEN ASKED
Does my family have to be involved?
HOW TREATMENT CHANGED THINGS
We don’t argue as much. He’s a different person, and I like it. He’s happier and taking care of himself.
HOW TREATMENT HELPS ME
I still have PTSD, but I’m in control of it now… I’m at peace with it, and I can talk about it [the trauma].
  
MY ADVICE TO YOU
They [the therapists] are waiting for Veterans like you and I. Try it. You won’t regret it.
MY ADVICE TO YOU
You really want a treatment that involves some type of exposure…
MY ADVICE TO YOU
Support them [the family member] and let them know you’re there for them. Most importantly - listen.