Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is the persistent re-experiencing of a traumatic event via distressing intrusive thoughts, dreams, and reliving of the events. It causes detachment of others, inability to have intimate feelings such as love, no expectation for a normal life span, career, marriage, or children. Individuals who fully understand war are the ones who have actually experienced it and developing PTSD from combat can change an individual’s life indefinitely. Doctors, lawyers, social workers, therapists, friends, or family members will never understand what a soldier has experienced without taking part in this traumatic event themselves. There are a large percentage of men and women who have experienced some type of trauma while serving in the military, and evidence-based treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Prolonged Exposure. Natural supports are fundamental to a service member’s recovery from PTSD as well.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after one has been through a trauma which is a shocking and scary event that about 6 of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least once in their lifetime. When going through some type of trauma, this does not mean that a person will develop PTSD because over half of the population experiences some type of trauma. It is important to understand that the effects of combat stress injuries are individualized, and many combat veterans will not experience PTSD (Pryce, Pryce, & Shackelford, 2012). A significant portion of war fighters do. This condition is considered acute if the symptoms last fewer than three months, and it is considered chronic if the symptoms last three months or more. Symptoms may not present until long after the stressor; therefore, PTSD is considered to have delayed onset if symptoms present at least six months after the stressor (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Evidence-based treatments are Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Prolonged Exposure which helps individuals with PTSD more than no treatment at all. Besides evidence-based treatments, natural supports help those suffering from this disorder by keeping them motivated and sometimes willing to work on their issues.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) focuses on distractions like hand movements and sounds while the individual talks about the traumatic event. It incorporates elements of exposure therapy with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation, such as hand taps or sounds. An example of EMDR is the client discussing the traumatic event while visually following the therapist’s finger back and forth. Eye movements and other bilateral forms of stimulation are thought to work by “unfreezing” the brain’s information processing...