E14: Trauma Disorders – PTSD, Men and Ridding Shame

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Men with PTSD – A Closer Look

Are you a man with PTSD? Do you think you’ve suffered some type of trauma? Wondering what you can do about it? If the answer is yes, you wouldn’t be alone.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is a serious trauma disorder that impacts millions of people each year, according to some estimates.

While women tend to be diagnosed with trauma disorders at a higher rate than guys, there’s lots of data to suggest that incidents of PTSD are vastly underreported.

In the case of men, there has been a historical struggle with talking about the effects of trauma on their lives. There are several reasons for this that mostly relate to cultural and societal causes.

In this podcast, Dr. John Moore walks listeners through the basics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in detail. A working definition of this mental health challenge is given in an easy to understand, straightforward way.


  • A basic definition of PTSD synthesized from the DSM-5.
  • A discussion about why trauma can be so insidious in a person’s life.
  • How unhealthy coping strategies are formed.
  • An assessment of possible causes of PTSD and the myth that this type of trauma only happens to men in the military.
  • The true story of “Adam” – a former combat veteran who had a severe case of PTSD.
  • The role of the conscious and subconscious mind and traumatic events.
  • Steps for working through trauma.
  • What to look for in a helper when reaching out for support.
  • Why cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or one of its offshoots, like ACT and DBT can be helpful.
  • A quick discussion of coping strategies, including the Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping).
  • An exploration about why getting support is so important to the healing process.
  • Why you shouldn’t hand over your metaphorical wheel to shame.
  • Email from a listener who just graduated from college and unsure what to do with his career.
  • A quick overview of the Career Profiler and how it can be used to identify your career personality type.


Long Term Deployments and Stress (Slide Share)

Diagnostic criteria for PTSD from DSM-5 (Brainline)

PTSD and gender from Psychology Today

National Center for PTSD

Online PTSD Support Group (PsychCentral)

The Hidden War: PTSD and the Front Line (Amazon)

Veterans with PTSD: How horseback riding helps

Career Profiler Assessment (Your Next Move)

What’s Your Career Personality Type?

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About John D. Moore 391 Articles
Dr. John Moore is a licensed counselor and Editor-in-Chief of Guy Counseling. A journalist and blogger, he writes about a variety of topics related to wellness. His interests include technology, outdoor activities, science, and men's health. Check out his show --> The Men's Self Help Podcast