Alternative Treatments to PSTD for War Veterans are becoming more and more successful rather than some traditional treatments including drug regimens.
Asking For Help
It’s hard for anyone to admit that they need therapy let alone war veterans. If you want to progress with success, ditch the “not-working” methods with fresh new experiments. You won’t know what works for you unless you try them all. Not referring to drugs. More drugs are never a good thing no matter who prescribes it.
Some alternative treatments that war veterans and others with brain injuries are using are:
- Scuba Diving
- Horseback Riding
- Companion Dogs
- Tai Chi
- Fish-oil Supplements
- High-Pressure Oxygen
- Brain-Wave optimization technology (by Brain State Technologies)
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction
The pressure is on the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform all veterans of available alternative treatments and therapeutic activities and to expand the range of treatments for those who don’t want nor can afford to rely on a regimen of drugs.
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is an anxiety disorder caused by traumatic events, which can trigger nightmares, behavioral problems, emotional numbness, and extreme vigilance to perceived threats. PTSD is most common in war veterans but it is not limited to just this group. Those that experience trauma on a frequent basis such as domestic violence, abuse, bullying, extreme violence, extreme intolerance, can have PTSD. It is important to understand and to look out for symptoms associated with this disorder.
Through a recent study by the Federal Institute of Medicine, the Defense Department’s PTSD management program and VA’s program to screen, diagnose or treat PTSD were not using the best practices. They were poor or mediocre at best, only proving that traditional PTSD treatments are not working on a large-scale.
There are some other treatments that have been admired in treating PTSD:
- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Help Is On The Way
Legislation from Mr. Ryan and Rep. Rich Nugent (R., Fla.), has been introduced to create 10 centers across the U.S. offering pilot programs complementary and alternative mental-health treatment and pain management. Though the bill hasn’t reached the House floor as of yet.
For more information about organizations offering alternative therapy to treat PTSD, please visit the following links:
Source WSJ Online
Are you a war veteran, suffer from brain injuries or know war veterans or brain injured patients? If so, what treatments (if you don’t mind sharing) are you using and how are they working for you? Let me know in the comment area, send me a tweet at @QAThornton or reply to this post on Facebook or Google+!