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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center: Jerry’s Story

Jerry Cupit meets with his Recovery Coach, John Dunham, RN.

Jerry Cupit meets with his Recovery Coach, John Dunham, RN.

By Jerry Cupit
Thursday, May 3, 2012

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.

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