PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of PTSD can include nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.(1) Veterans are at a higher risk for developing PTSD than the general public. In fact, a 2014 study found that 87% of 3,157 U.S.(2) veterans reported that they had witnessed or been exposed to at least one traumatic event. This highlights the importance of not only providing effective treatment for PTSD, but also increasing public understanding of this condition. It’s essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, in order to help ourselves or our loved ones who may be secretly struggling with it.
The possible causes of your Combat PTSD are complex and can be a combination of several factors. Trauma experienced during combat is the most significant risk factor for the development of Combat PTSD. The traumatic events can include your exposure to combat, a serious injury that you may have experienced, possibly sexual assault, or in many cases its the constant threat of facing your mortality. However, it’s not only the event that determines your risk of developing PTSD but it’s also about how you perceived or coped with whatever event may have caused it.
Genetic and biological factors specific to you can also play a role in the development of PTSD. Research suggests that if you have a family history of PTSD or other mental health conditions that you may be at a higher risk of developing PTSD. Additionally, studies have shown that changes in the structure and function of certain brain regions, such as the hippocampus and the amygdala, may be associated with the development of the issues you are facing.
If you have pre-existing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety this may also increase your risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event. Comorbidity with substance abuse is also common among veterans with PTSD. According to a study by the VA, about 60% of veterans with PTSD also have a substance abuse problem.
Effective treatment for PTSD is essential for you to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD that has been found to be effective for veterans. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another evidence-based treatment for PTSD.
Support groups, psychoeducation and therapy can also be beneficial, as they provide a safe and supportive environment for veterans to share their experiences and learn from others who have gone through similar experiences.
At Tree House Recovery, we specialize in helping veterans like yourself overcome the challenges of PTSD and substance abuse. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing you with the support and care you need to move forward in your life. We understand that traditional therapies may not always be effective for veterans with PTSD. That’s why we offer a holistic approach to treatment that includes fitness, and teamwork training exercises that are blended with clinical care. Studies have shown that exercise and social support can significantly reduce symptoms of Combat PTSD. At Tree House Recovery, you will have the opportunity to participate in physical activities and connect with other veterans and civilians to support you in your healing. Developing deep bonds with others is proven to be incredibly powerful in the healing process.
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