The surprising benefits of traumatic events

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Sgt. Jeffrey Beltrans life is filled with notes and reminders, after a traumatic brain injury in 2005 rendered his short-term memory unreliable. Beltrans Humvee was blown up by an IED in Iraq, and he not only survived the attack but went on to serve another tour in Afghanistan. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and despite the difficulties he’s faced, Jeffrey thinks he has changed for the better.

“This whole experience has helped me to be more open, more flexible. I am branching out to activities that I was once uncomfortable with,” he says.

 

Now, Jeffrey is pursuing a promotion at work as well as taking classes to earn his Bachelor’s degree. His experience is a reflection of post-traumatic growth the positive psychological changes that can occur after facing highly difficult challenges. We embrace post-traumatic growth as a core component behind SuperBetter. Post-traumatic growth can give people a sense of strength, a sense of new possibilities, and help improve relationships. No matter what your challenge, getting SuperBetter is tough, and we don’t call our successes epic wins for nothing it’s epic because it’s hard. That’s what inspired our tagline: you are stronger than you know.

Read Jeffreys story and about the militarys efforts to transform PTSD into post-traumatic growth in the New York Times.

 

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