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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:47 AM

Study examines treatment for PTSD


Study examines treatment for PTSD
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 4:30 am
By Alex Wukman | FME News Service

BELTON — The numbers are staggering. Among the nearly 2.5 million U.S. military personnel who deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, 14 percent show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to figures from Veterans Affairs.

As many as 25 percent of returning veterans report some type of psychological problem, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or problems sleeping. About 350,000 military personnel are at significant risk for chronic PTSD.

In August, the Defense Department and the VA invested $45 million to study the effectiveness of different types of PTSD treatment.

The funds were used to help create the South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, which is a joint effort between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the VA’s National Center for PTSD in Boston.

unhappycamper comment: PTSD is the 'gift' that keeps on giving.

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Understanding PTSD Booklet
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National Center for PTSD
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VA’s PTSD Program Locator
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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:31 AM

1. VA has come a long way in their approach to this issue. nt

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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 04:09 PM

2. I recently started going through CPT (cognitive processing therapy) at the VA

I don't know how effective it'll be, but it sure sounds good on paper.

A big part of the therapy is addressing your core beliefs, how your combat experience impacted that and reinforced those beliefs, and how those beliefs continue to affect you to this day.

I have a lot of issues with guilt and shame and, although I don't think this will 100% cure my PTSD, I think it'll be able to provide some relief in my mind. Maybe some of the thoughts and images floating around my head will ease up. If that happens, I'll be more "present" with my family and I'll be able to be more of the father and husband that I want to be.

I don't always believe the sincerity of the people at the top of our government, but the people that I interact with at the VA are great people. Maybe I'm a sucker, but I truly believe that they want to help me and that they give a damn about helping veterans.

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