Psychotherapyfor Treatment of PTSD
Post-traumaticstress malady is a mental health problem caused by injuries whichmostly affects the military and the veterans. PTSD has severalsymptoms such as experiencing hyper arousal, having trauma that is inassociation with stimuli, it brings about impairment of the normalfunctioning of the brain. These signs may happen after being exposedto a traumatic event or rather may be visible after a few years. Themore one is being exposed to a combat related to trauma the more heor she increases the peril of him, or rather her developing PTSD.Most of the veterans who served when there was a conflict between theIraq and Afghanistan are the ones who have suffered a great dealabout the PTSD (Weinick et al. 2011).
Thereare several challenges that the Department of Defense is facing inhandling the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder. Several factorsmust be put into consideration when dealing with PTSD such asexamining the preferences of the patients, their safety, and manymore other factors. All these factors are important because differentpeople respond differently to treatment since there are severaloptions for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. This paper isset to discuss the effectiveness of psychotherapy for treatment ofPTSD in military and veteran populations (Davis et al. 2014).
Psychotherapyas a treatment has so far been effective in treating those veteransand the military people who are affected by the post-traumatic stressdisorder. We have two types of psychotherapy which are mostly used intreating the military and the veterans PTSD which are the cognitiveprocessing therapy and the prolonged exposure ((Department ofDefense, 2012). These kinds of treatments have been helpful inincreasing the emotional process of the traumatic event that isaffecting the people so that their memories are not anxiously arousedto trauma (Tanielian & Jaycox. 2008).
Additionally,they help in ensuring that the individuals are adjusting andrecognizing the trauma related judgments and the beliefs. This is dueto the circumstance that the relationship between the feelings andthe thoughts is being modified and examined by the doctors. This hasbeen very successful since most of the military, and the veteranshave been able to be assisted which is good for their recovery (GAO.2011). The therapy has managed to help the victims in developinglogical thoughts hence facilitating them in identifying andchallenging them from having negative thoughts on what had happenedto them previously (Vasterling et al. 2010).
Moreover,the therapy has been effective because it has significantly helpedthe victims in believing that they are in control of their life, theyare safe from any other harm that might affect them negatively. Italso helps the people in modifying their beliefs about trust. Allthese changes are positive towards the victims since it helps theindividuals emotionally and their social functioning (Hoge et al.2004). With this treatment, it results in the growth in posttraumaticprogress. This raises the self-esteem of the individuals hence he orrather she feels part of the group and being appreciated by thesociety. Also, the persons affected by the PTSD may be affectednegatively intimately which demoralizes the person, but with thepsychotherapy, it helps the individuals esteem to be better (Hoge etal. 2014).
Furthermore,the therapies have also been useful in helping the victims to be ableto overcome their sleeping problems that they experience. Throughthese psychotherapies, the therapists educate the military or ratherthe veterans about ways of handling the prevalence of the sleepissues through training (Watts et al. 2013). The military and theveterans undergo assessment, and this helps the therapists inunderstanding better how to advise the particular individuals thatare affected by the PSTD (Seal et al. 2007). Assistance is given tothe victims are also assisted in handling breathing problems whenthey sleep, and some of them usually have therapy nightmares, whichis very helpful to them since it gives them a better sleep (Steenkampet al. 2015).
Duringthis rehabilitation, the therapists provide the military and theveterans with skills that enable them to cope with the problems thatthey are experiencing or rather facing (Schoenhar, 2011). They areequipped with skills such as the ability to manage their anxiety,being able to relax their muscles and more other techniques that arequite helpful in solving various problems affecting them. With allthese techniques and knowledge, this reduces the way they respondtowards the related trauma feelings, judgments, and memories (Morlandet al. 2013).
Additionally,it also helps the therapist to be able to research and come up withother new ways of handling the issue of PTSD in the military. Whenall of this is done to the army and the veterans, they can handle allthe issues that are affect them hence leaving with other people inpeace without being haunted by what they saw in Iraq or ratherAfghanistan war (Foa et al. 2008). They can undergo counseling sothat they live a better life without being affected psychologically.When they are affected psychologically, they also affect those peoplewho are around them to say family members, friends (Margolies et al.2013).
Ina nutshell, psychotherapy has been active in helping the military andthe veterans to overcome the trauma. Despite the fact thatpsychotherapist might seem to be the most efficient method of dealingwith post-traumatic stress disorder, there are also other ways ofdealing with PTSD which might be effective. Different people havedifferent ways of responding towards different treatment options forthe PTSD. The prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder is moreappropriate rather than the most efficient cure.
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