29 September 2011
PTSD and Iraq
Figley, Charles harles R., and William William P. Nash. Combat Stress Injury, Theory, Research, And Management. Brunner-Routledge, 2007. .
This book defines PTSD as a chronic, debilitating psychological condition that occurs in a subset of persons who experience or witness, life-threatening traumatic events. PTSD is characterized by re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal symptoms that occur over time and lead to significant disruption of one’s life. during a course of treatment using prolonged exposure, typically four treatment components are administered over 9-12 sessions lasting 90 to 120 minutes each: (1) psychoeducation about the symptoms of PTSD and factors that maintain PTSD and the rationale for exposure therapy; (2) training in controlled breathing or other stress reduction techniques that clients may use as a stress management skill, though it should be noted that clients are discouraged from using it during exposure exercises; (3) prolonged imaginal exposure to the trauma memory conducted in therapy sessions and repeated as homework; and (4) prolonged in vivo exposure implemented as homework. There is substantial evidence that exposure programs are highly effective in the treatment of PTSD. There is no compelling evidence that any cognitive behavioral therapy program is more effective than exposure therapy. Lawhorne, Cheryl, and Don Philpot. Combat-related traumatic brain injury and PTSD: a resource and recovery guide. Lanham: Government Institutes, 2010. Print. Starting on page 163 of this book the author talks about how some of the behaviors that kept soldiers alive during war can cause problems after they return home. It states that even the most serious post-deployment problems can be treated and cured. Some problems that soldiers face in not seeking treatment is that they think they can cope with the problem themselves, they think that others can’t help...
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