For those who have experienced extreme trauma or encountered a dangerous event, they may be susceptible to developing post traumatic stress disorder, also referred to as PTSD.
At Alive Recovery, those in the military who fought for their country, been deployed once or multiple times, could fall victim to combat stress and shell shock.
PTSD combat affects the lives of a soldier, veteran, and their families.
A soldier is often faced with being in danger, witnessing the lives of others in danger, and at times has ultimately no control of the situation at hand. Likewise, they may have experienced firsthand someone who sustained injury during combat, or even worse, death.
Soldiers who suffer from PTSD combat might have been injured as well.
Alive Recovery has affiliated itself with the best facilities and mental health care professionals around the country. Soldiers, veterans and their family members can begin their healing journey.
PTSD Combat Signs and Symptoms
Some symptoms brought on by PTSD combat may be common while others may not be so. However, these indicators can impact someone’s daily life.
A handful of PTSD symptoms may include the following:
- Recurrent nightmares
- Repeated flashbacks
- Anger and irritability
- Loss of concentration
- Constant fear of danger
- Emotional detachment from family and friends
- Desire for solitude
- Loss of interest in activities
It’s important to note that PTSD doesn’t occur immediately. In fact, symptoms may not develop until months or years after a soldier returns home.
Those experiencing PTSD combat may turn to drugs and alcohol to help fade the memory or numb feelings of panic and fear.
Alive Recovery understands PTSD combat and is here to help.
Types of Treatment
There are a variety of treatment options for combat related trauma. For example, a mental health care professional can best determine if a residential treatment facility or Intense Outpatient Treatment may be the right course.
Above all, those recovering from this need a safe, caring and nurturing environment. Soldiers put their life at risk protecting their country – now, it’s time to return that favor and Alive Recovery does so with honor.
Evidence-based therapies used for PTSD combat may consist of the following:
- Prolonged exposure therapy to work through stressful thoughts and memories
- Interpersonal therapy to help interpersonal relationships and everyday life
- Dialectic behavior therapy to teach mindfulness tools and skills
- Cognitive behavior therapy to gain control by switching negative thoughts to positive ones
- Intensive family therapy to encourage and nurture support
Experiential therapy may also be utilized which could include hypnosis, art therapy, yoga, music therapy, equine therapy and journaling.
After-care is another component to the healing journey. Healthcare professionals will ensure a client is receiving the help they need to continue their mental health success.
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