I am going to issue a content warning for this episode for talking about PTSD, suicide, and some combat violence.
This week I speak to Hyrum and Nate about some of their experiences with combat as well as PTSD, both combat and non-combat related, as well as other conditions that arose from traumatic brain injury. They also talk about the difficulty of re-adjusting to civilian life after combat, as well as the need to find purpose in order to stave off depression, even up to suicidal ideation. They also talk about ways to cope with these issues, though, and how anyone can learn to adjust with therapy, purpose, and a good support system. Finally, they emphasize that PTSD is a condition that can occur from any traumatic situation, not just combat. Thus the argument that somehow people who were never in combat can’t experience PTSD is absolutely false, and it is harmful to those who suffer from this condition. Everyone’s experiences and illnesses are valid, regardless of the circumstances. I really want to thank Hyrum and Nate for coming on, as I know it wasn’t easy to recall these painful experiences. I have great admiration for these men, and I hope their willingness to come forward and talk will give others the courage to do the same.
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It’s time once again for The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about Trump tweeting that transgender folk will no longer be allowed in the military, once again proving that he’s a heartless prick, among many other things. We also find out how McCain redeemed himself a bit by voting against the repeal of Obamacare. We then go back to the radioactive Trump administration to find a foul-mouthed fuckstick has taken up the position of White House Communications Director. Finally, we wrap things up on a positive note by announcing a live show for the one year anniversary of the podcast!
On the palaver this week, I speak with my friends Jenica and Patrick Crail about their activism; their journey to deconversion; their new podcast; murder; their favorite kind of beer; and much more! These are the two of the coolest atheists ever, and definitely one of the hottest couples. I guarantee you’ll fall in love a with them… or else!
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