Exceeding Rand Recommendations for Depression and PTSD in the Military

A 2008 study released by Rand called “Invisible Wounds of War” addressed the issue of PTSD, major depression, and the rising suicide rate in the military. Burris Institute and its Subconscious Restructuring process have been compliant with the recommendations of the Rand study for over a decade.  An overview of how the Subconscious Restructuring process now exceed Rand recommendations can be found in the Evidence-Based section of the Burris  Institute website.


We’ve all said it once in our lives, right?  Maybe not publicly, but we’ve certainly thought this to ourselves at some point in our adult life.  When we do verbalize it, we say this when we encounter something that is blatantly wrong.  It’s when something grabs your attention that is so poorly thought out, yet it still exists, it cocks your head to the side.  We’re not so shocked at how perverse the act is, but more so that we didn’t really focus enough to see it before, as “a WTF” has probably been around for a while…we just never noticed it before.  Even if we saw it, we didn’t let it sin

Your Last Best Question

We all talk to ourselves.  

We do it continuously throughout the day.

You may not even notice you’re doing it, but you do.

I promise.

Now I’m not talking about signs of mental illness where people have conversations with themselves. What I’m focusing on today is how we talk to ourselves, either out loud or to ourselves in our minds, about the situations we find ourselves in. I point this out because it was the subject of a recent discussion I had with a group of veterans. It went like this:

A New Direction

A wise man once said, “There is never a wrong time to begin moving in the right direction.” When it comes to the mental health care we provide to our returning combat vets, I believe we are reaching a point where that “time to change direction” will be lost forever.

A Flawed Approach - Going Deeper

As we ended last week’s blog, I was suggesting that the solution in changing the behavior in our wounded warriors would be found in addressing the emotional states caused by combat. Unfortunately, this is not what we do. As most of you know, when our warriors become combat ineffective from the “unseen wounds” of war, their first-line choices for healing are medication and/or exposure therapy.

Why Warrior?

I’ve received some recent inquiries from clients, specifically around the images of service members I use on Facebook, and how my coaching process applies to those that have not served in the military.

Some ask, “why warrior?” 

Others inquire, “Are you going to teach me to fight?”

Or “how can I accomplish more in my life if I am at war with someone?”