PTSD is on the increase, both in military families, and civilian.
The Armed Forces Foundation says over three million men and women have gone into international combat zones in the past decade.
Patricia Driscoll, the President of Armed Force’s Foundation says “and we believe that a good 30 to 40 percent of them have some sort of PTSD or suffering from depression.”
Military families have been trying to find help for their returned combat veterans who are suffering form a wide range of emotional problems, all with acronyms like AD (Anxiety Disorder), PD (Panic Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Also, civilians are suffering more from the same disorders, because of physical traumas from an accident or violent encounter — or stress over life situations, the most common being personal-relationship, work-place or economy related.
In her book FIELDS OF COMBAT, writer Erin Finley relays the experiences of Iraq war veterans living with PTSD. She interviewed more than 60 veterans for her book and says the most successful veterans she’s encountered have been those who focus on serving others in their post-military careers.
“Whether that’s serving their community as a police officer or serving their family by having a career and supporting them,” she says, having a mission helps veterans with PTSD succeed.
As UK vets have discovered, self-help treatment can be the best. But not for eveybody.
Where can victims of stress disorders like PTSD find treatment?
+++ Sheila Fahy, a weekly volunteer at the Veterans Administration medical complex in Martinez, California, has been spreading the word about a 13-week course on mental health disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What�s unusual about this PTSD workshop series is the target audience. It�s designed for families who have a member suffering with mental illness, rather than for the patients themselves.
The free course is offered by the National Alliance on Mentally Illness Contra Costa (NAMI CC), and while it is supported by the Martinez Veterans Administration, non-military families are welcome to participate as well.
+++ A Pentagon research lab at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is putting more apps in the pockets of service members coping with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries such as concussion. Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is a joint military base of the United States Army and Air Force located in Pierce and Thurston Counties in the State of Washington.
The latest product from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology features breathing exercises intended to help people manage anxiety and steady their moods. It’s called Breathe2Relax, and it’s available for iPhone users. An Android version is due soon.
�Breathe2Relax helps with one of the most common effects of PTSD,� said Perry Bosmajian, the psychologist who led the application�s development. �It�s a tool that�s continually available to anyone who needs to reduce their stress.�
+++ Able Forces is a veteran-owned non-profit community rehabilitation program with a mission to address the critical employment and training needs of American combat injured veterans of the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and severely disabled veterans.
With an emphasis on continuity of support, Able Forces provides employment opportunities, job training, and job retraining to the nation’s heroes suffering from physical disabilities, PTSD and minor to profound traumatic brain injuries.
+++ The Boot Campaign is a grassroots military awareness campaign based in Texas that raises funds and spreads awareness nationwide through the sale of its signature military boots. The purpose is to say “Thank you” to the troops and to support the needs of injured soldiers returning home from combat.
The organization supports existing charities working with veterans who are severely injured and/or suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). All of the net proceeds from the boots and other Boot Campaign merchandise are donated to charity partners for items such as wellness retreats through the Lone Survivor Foundation, counseling sessions for those with PTSD through Not Alone, home giveaways through Military Warriors Support Foundation, and so much more.
For more information about the Boot Campaign, visit BootCampaign.com.
A new study published in the journal Headache suggests that men who suffer from migraines are at a greater risk of developing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to other men and even women.
The study was led by Dr B Lee Peterlin from the Drexel University College of Medicine who found that even though migraines and PTSD were more common among women, the combination of migraines and PTSD was higher.
Stating that sex hormones could play a role in PTSD and stressing the need to screen for the traumatic disorder among those with migraines, Dr Peterlin said, �The current data indicate that behavioral PTSD treatment alone can positively influence chronic pain conditions and disability. Therefore, physicians should consider screening migraine sufferers for PTSD, and men in particular.�
From government therapy to self-help treatment, PTSD is finally being recognized — and treated.
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