“About 8 out of every 100 veterans have PTSD”
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health issue which affects some individuals after they have witnessed or experienced a life-threatening event, such as armed combat, a terrorist bomb going off, a natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault. And while it is “normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments”.
The University of Utah’s NCVS (National Center for Veterans Studies), has just formed an alliance with RallyPoint – the military community’s leading online network. This association will be of great benefit, as it will enable NCVS to use RallyPoint’s platform as a means to enrol more participants on their CPT (cognitive processing therapy) program. RallyPoint’s 8th Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, (who is a retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble Company), stated: “I am thrilled to see the leadership exhibited by Dr. Craig Bryan and my alma mater’s National Center for Veterans Studies in addressing the mental health needs of our nation’s veterans. The connection of Dr. Bryan’s treatment with the scale of RallyPoint will improve experiences and outcomes for a much greater number of Veterans in a shorter period than would have been possible otherwise”.
The center’s research data, which was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, indicated that more than 70% of participants had a profound reduction in post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Further, 66% of participants had a substantial decrease in suicidal thoughts after the program, which lasted two weeks. Six months after the trial, more than 50% of subjects demonstrated continued amelioration in suicidal thoughts and PTSD symptoms.
Non-Medication Psychological Treatment
With all the unwanted side-effects of pharmaceuticals, not to mention dependency, this approach is very welcome, and the more widespread it is for all suffers of PTSD across the country, the better.
The CPT treatment, which is provided by researchers at the National Center for Veterans Studies, normally comprises twelve outpatient appointments, with each one lasting an hour. This holistic therapy, is just one of several of treatments which the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other scientific institutions recommend.
The great news is that over 50% of patients who are given treatment at the center, recover from post traumatic stress disorder. Iraqi War Veteran, and executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies, Craig Bryan, remarked: “We are doing everything in our power to remove treatment barriers for Veterans and ensure they receive effective treatment. RallyPoint will help us reach military personnel, veterans and their family members who are in need” . This is very good news indeed, as many veterans and their families have suffered for far too long, and this can only make the veterans’ mental state and physical well-being far worse than it was right after the onset of their PTSD. Moreover, this lack of help will have placed enormous stress on the veteran’s families – and no doubt, some of them will have developed mental health conditions such as chronic stress and anxiety, themselves.