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PTSD Findings in December 2015

Veterans with PTSD

According to the Veterans Administration about 11-20 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. Here are some PTSD findings in December 2015.

UCLA Testing Nerve Stimulation Device for PTSD

There’s a new device being used in a study at UCLA to see if administering mild electrical currents into the brain can reset the “network” for people who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

It’s not shock therapy. The small device is adhered with pads to either side of the temples to stimulate a nerve called the triageminal nerve to reset brainwaves.

One man has used it regularly with results he describes as positive for two months. The man explains that he puts an electrode on his forehead and sleeps with the device on.

A doctor working on the therapy, Doctor Andrew Leuchter, said that the therapy has been used to treat epilepsy and depression, but it holds great promise for treating chronic PTSD.

VA Provides Best PTSD Treatment

One Mind for Research and the Tug McGraw Foundation supported a PTSD resources study led by Brown University Researcher Judith D. Bentkover, PhD, from the School of Public Health.

Findings were announced in a press release about PTSD Findings in December 2015 that while veterans are able to access PTSD treatment options from the Veterans Administration, health and medical resources are limited for non-veterans and civilians with PTSD.

People including men, women, children who have been in war situations, or abuse or other situations that cause PTSD don’t have a go-to resource.

In the November/December issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, several authors made recommendations to improve access to optimal PTSD care. Because while the VA is the best proven source, it’s unavailable to non-veterans who need help with PTSD.

Most people with PTSD look for support groups, doctors, mental health care through internal medicine doctors, the Internet, churches, psychiatrists and hope to find specialists and facilities that can help non-veterans.

Bentkover found that it’s difficult to find PTSD help or regulated, official and best practices care. Some people with PTSD who don’t get care usually have other health issues.

The ensuing medical problems can account for more health care costs than those who get PTSD care.

To tackle the problems care for civilians with PTSD, Bentcover said the recommend is that further research be undertaken into treatment outcomes, as well as access to treatments, costs for treatment.

Harvard researchers stated that information to help nonveterans navigate treatment choices is limited and that resources can be overwhelming and unclear.

Both want to see a patient-centered institute setup that organizes resources and provides best practices for treatment for all PTSD patients.