Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center: Jerry’s Story
Hello. My name is Jerry Cupit. I served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971 during the Vietnam build up. I thought I was doing okay with my life until my wife told me I was not acting normal and that I needed to go see someone. I went to Jefferson City and saw a psychiatrist and after several visits I was told that I had bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He said I could benefit from the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) that was offered at Truman VA in Columbia, Mo.
I saw a psychologist at the VA, and she said I could enter the PRRC Program.
I started attending classes but was a little scared I would feel rejected and would not fit in. I decided to stick it out. After several classes, I began to see that several people in my classes had the same problems that I was experiencing.
I was given the choice to talk about my problems or to just observe. I began to talk about my problems and was surprised to find that a lot of people agreed with me. This made me feel accepted and I was glad that I had made the decision to participate.
I have been in the PRRC Program for several months now, and I have learned a lot about depression and anxiety. I have learned how to deal with my problems by attending classes about depression, developing goals, establishing values, and learning how to identify my symptoms.
I am much more content now and feel I can control my thoughts and I have learned to be content with myself. I feel that if I had not come to the VA, I would have lived with depression the rest of my life.
I can’t thank the VA staff enough for giving me my life back.