Effectiveness of psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD in military and veteran populations

Effectivenessof psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD in military and veteranpopulations

Problemstatement

Oneof the signature injuries of the U.S conflicts in Iraq, Libya, andAfghanistan, is Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Following yearsof intense battle, military men and women usually have problemsreadjusting from the combat zone atmosphere into their families andthe community. This tends to cause chronic distress and disabilitiesin their physical, social, occupational and psychologicalfunctioning. As a result, there is the need for an effective andevidence-based intervention that will ensure that these noble men andwomen can integrate back into their respective families andcommunities so as to lead a normal life.

Purposeof the research

Oneof the interventions to managing PTSD in military and veteranpopulation is psychotherapy. Unlike conventional therapies which relyon medications, this treatment method is psychological and help anindividual overcome problems, thoughts, and emotions by improvingtheir social skills. This research paper will evaluate theeffectiveness of psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD in military andveteran population. It will review existing literature, case studies,and many other approaches to determine if the suggested approach iseffective for the suggested aggregates.

Researchquestion(s)

Ispsychotherapy effective in treating PTSD in military and veteranpopulation?

Researcher’shypothesis

Psychotherapyis an effective method for treating Posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in military and veteran populations.

Nullhypothesis

Psychotherapyis an ineffective treatment approach for military and veteranpopulations suffering from Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Whyis this research question important?

Thisresearch is important because according to the latest findings fromthe National Center for PTSD, 11-20 out of every 100 veterans whoserved in various battles such as Iraqi, Vietnam and Gulf wars havebeen diagnosed with PTSD (NationalCenter for PTSD,2016). Upon arrival back to the country, they are expected to jointheir families and live happy and normal lives. However, this cannotbe achieved unless PTSD is managed.

Howwill this research investigation contribute to the field ofcounseling

Thisresearch will help the field of counseling in because it will enablepsychologists to understand the psychological, social and physicalchallenges that military and veteran population undergo and theextent of damage they incur. This can help in the development ofbetter military policies. The same knowledge acquired can be appliedin other areas such as counseling domestic violence victims.

References

NationalCenter for PTSD.(2016).&nbspHowCommon Is PTSD? – PTSD: Ptsd.va.gov.Retrieved 4 November 2016, fromhttp://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp