Here are a range of stories in the news about post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD support groups and treatments.
Square Dance Group Creates PTSD Project
In Louisville, Kentucky, a community dance group created a square dance program to help restore some relaxing activities for veterans and families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Dancing Well has helped calm, relax and engage those in the community struggling with TBI or PTSD. Veterans, families and friends are in a low-pressure setting to enjoy the fun, fellowship and an activity that gives a sense of well-being through dance.
Dancing Well was developed with a psychiatrist that helped tailor events to the needs of afflicted veterans. Dancing Well Participants report improved mood, memory, sleep, physical health, and outlook on the future, as well as decreased anxiety and pain levels.
For veterans the isolation associated with PTSD and TBI can be overwhelming. What Dancing Well does is create events that center on an activity that gives direction and helps to keep physical exercise at the same time.
Dancing Well gets people to form partnerships, re-engage and enjoy some music while meeting new people along with other people that have the same challenges.
UCLA Study: Trigeminal Nerve Simulation Helps PTSD
Dr. Andre Leuchter, psychiatry professor at UCLA began a study of the effects of what occurs when a Trigeminal Nerve Simulation (TNS) patch was used on veterans.
Dr. Leuchter reported that use of the TNS by those who suffer from PTSD after six to eight weeks had substantial relief of PTSD symptoms. There were reports of better sleep, fewer nightmares, less mood swing, anxiety and anger.
The way the trigeminal nerve simulation works is that a small electrical current goes from the device to a patch on the person’s forehead which triggers the trigeminal nerve to send its signals into the brain.
One man said that it was in the third week that he could actually recognize that he was more relaxed. There are many studies being done to ease the symptoms of PTSD with the use of a TNS patch.
Movie on PTSD and Life After Iraq
Comedian Amy Schumer is one of several actors joining in a movie directed by the author of American Sniper called, “Thank You For Your Service.”
Thank You For Your Service focuses on the lives of several soldiers who return from Iraq and have difficulty dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effect on them. The veterans have a hard time readjusting to civilian life.
PTSD, TBI Help from Brain Training Music Program
According to Sleep Review, Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) has partnered with Pathways for Veterans to offer a neuroscience-based music program for brain training.
The program will provide calm to veterans with insomnia, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Pathways for Veterans is implementing Advanced Brain Technologies solutions The Listening Program and Sleep Genius into a 16-week employment program. The programs were created for the Veterans Administrations and its Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors better serve veterans.
Equines for Freedom Therapy Program
Equines For Freedom in Clark’s Summit, Pennsylvania has a PTSD therapeutic program that brings horses, people and the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) together to work on problems associated with PTSD.
It’s called EA-EMDR because horses are used during the therapy where physical tapping on the body occurs and in this case, a horse is placed in proximity to the person whose body is being asked to replace a negative image and experience with a positive image and experience.
A certified therapist provides bilateral stimulation of the brain in a person with PTSD through eye movements through tapping bilaterally on the subject’s back. This is performed to unlock traumas that may reoccur, stick, cause negative thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks.
Horses, which are herd animals, are very sensitive to human emotion and help to draw people out through nuzzles, deep breathing and just being in proximity to a large strong alert animal aware of its surroundings.
For more information on Equines for Freedom visit their website or Facebook Page.
Find an Online PTSD Community to Ask Questions
If there’s a loved one in your family with PTSD and there is not a PTSD group that you can go to your community, join an online PTSD community.
Facebook has many wonderful PTSD support groups where veterans, civilians, husbands, wives, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, relatives can go to Facebook with honest questions that may be answered by a range of people including others who have PTSD.
When you’re struggling for answers and want to know how handle PTSD problems or issues with a loved one, you can read on PTSD support pages and find out that what you’re going through is common.
Do you need help getting medical care? Is the medicine a loved one with PTSD is taking causing side effects? Is your loved one isolating themselves from you and the family? Should you urge your loved one with post-traumatic stress disorder to engage even when they would rather stay alone?
Here are links to several Facebook Pages with thousands of members: