Treatment Programs for Post Tramautic Stress Disorder

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is the persistent re-experiencing of a traumatic event via distressing intrusive thoughts, dreams, and reliving of the events. It causes detachment of others, inability to have intimate feelings such as love, no expectation for a normal life span, career, marriage, or children. Individuals who fully understand war are the ones who have actually experienced it and developing PTSD from combat can change an individual’s life indefinitely. Doctors, lawyers, social workers, therapists, friends, or family members will never understand what a soldier has experienced without taking part in this traumatic event themselves. There are a large percentage of men and women who have experienced some type of trauma while serving in the military, and evidence-based treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Prolonged Exposure. Natural supports are fundamental to a service member’s recovery from PTSD as well.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after one has been through a trauma which is a shocking and scary event that about 6 of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least once in their lifetime. When going through some type of trauma, this does not mean that a person will develop PTSD because over half of the population experiences some type of trauma. It is important to understand that the effects of combat stress injuries are individualized, and many combat veterans will not experience PTSD (Pryce, Pryce, & Shackelford, 2012). A significant portion of war fighters do. This condition is considered acute if the symptoms last fewer than three mo...

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