Millions of people today suffer from PTSD after experiencing violence from war, combat, physical attacks, crime, tragic loss, or horrible experiences. There are more PTSD treatments in 2017 for post-traumatic stress disorder than ever before.
Doctors, therapists, treatment centers stress the importance of trying many things, and not giving up if one treatment doesn’t work.
Every individual case of PTSD is different and no one is the same so what works for one person will not work for another. It’s a try and see approach until one is found that will help you.
Civilian contractors struggle with this just like their military counterparts. Going through combat and witnessing horrors of war and military situations can cause anyone to have post-traumatic stress disorder. Here are some looks at PTSD treatments in 2017.
PTSD Treatments in 2017
The first step toward getting better is to acknowledge a problem. More than likely it will be a family member, a friend, spouse or partner that will recognize there are problems. No matter whether it’s a loved one or you, you should find a professional who you’re comfortable with to get a qualified medical or mental health professional’s evaluation.
Diagnosed With PTSD?
If you are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, you and your doctor or therapist can decide on one of many types of treatment. There are new and developing treatments every day and it’s important to check with new doctors and specialists to learn about the number of developing treatments.
For example, there is a nerve block therapy that is being used to help stop the effects of PTSD. Stellate ganglion block is a pain therapy that a doctor believes has the potential and ability to relieve PTSD Symptoms.
The treatment targets nerves that regulate the body’s fight or flight response to perceived threats.
Cognitive therapy involves talking through what you’re experiencing so you can change how you think about your trauma. The goal is to replace bad thoughts with ones that are more accurate and less distressing. It helps you to understand that the traumatic event was not your fault and cope with anger, fear, guilt or other feelings.
Prolonged exposure therapy means you face the bad memories a bit at a time so you have less fear about them. Bit by bit, in a safe place, you relive what happened so you can cope with the memories. As you replay the tapes in your head, you get more control of your thoughts and feelings.
In “real world” or “virtual” treatment, you practice approaching situations you’ve been avoiding, but in a safe way and with professionals helping you. So, for example, you’re afraid to drive because you’ve witnessed a car bombing. Your therapist will help you deal with that fear and slowly start the process of getting back into a car.
Eye desensitization and reprocessing involves focusing on other things besides your memories or feelings from the traumatic incident. When a bad memory comes up, you focus on eye movement, tapping your hands, or sounds in the environment. It redirects your attention.
Group therapy can be beneficial, too. Talking to others who’ve been through it, helps you know you’re not alone, builds self-confidence, and teaches you to trust other people again and focus on your present life.
Sometimes, doctors will prescribe anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication to go along with other therapies. Learn about alternative treatments such as equine and canine therapy. Being around a serene horse or petting a dog can be calming, and it’s another way to relieve anxiety and feel safe in the world.
PTSD Touches Families
This disorder can take a toll on families. People who’ve been traumatized can have difficulty re-establishing healthy relationships and their behavior or mood swings can be challenging for their loved ones. Getting family counseling will help you and your family understand each other and you’ll learn coping skills.
Start today trying to obtain the services you need for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. As a civilian contractor, you have served your country and you deserve the care. The Defense Base Act Law is on your side and pays for medical, legal and compensation if you’ve been injured or ill working for the U.S. Government.