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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy

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Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a former of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) where veterans talk about traumatic combat events until these experiences are no longer painful. Military patients also visit places that are safe, but that they have avoided in order to prevent emotional suffering.

Studies indicate that PE has been an effective form of psychotherapy for PTSD sufferers who served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Although most veterans ...

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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

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Veterans who receive cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) participate in a structured, sequenced type of psychotherapy that is usually short-term.

First, military patients learn about the nature of their PTSD symptoms. For former soldiers, this means learning how traumatic events such as combat experiences or terrorist attacks have affected their lives.

PTSD sufferers also learn about the connection between thought processes, emotions, and behavior. Remembering the traumatic experience is painful, ...

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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an eight-phase treatment for healing emotional injury caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS). Supporters of EMDR therapy cite studies that show this type of psychotherapy works more quickly and completely than counseling veterans.

EMDR therapy requires the patient to focus on past, present, and future. As a PTSD therapy, it treats the brain like the body in the sense that emotional wounds must be closed or they will fester. By removing ...

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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in former soldiers.

According to the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists (NACBT), this common type of psychotherapy emphasizes how the way patients think affects what they feel and do.

There are several different types of CBT. In cognitive processing therapy (CPT), PTSD sufferers learn life skills that help them to understand how a traumatic event ...

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PTSD Treatments for Veterans – Types of Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Veterans who receive counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) meet with a therapist, typically a psychologist. Types of psychotherapy for former military personnel include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Studies indicate that CBT is the most effective treatment for PTSD. Veterans who receive CBT may undergo either cognitive processing therapy (CPT) or prolonged exposure therapy (PE). Both are effective in civilian populations.

EMDR is a form of CBT ...

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PTSD Facts for Veterans – Hypoarousal vs. Hyperarousal

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Mayo Clinic categorize PTSD symptoms differently, but chronic anxiety and feeling keyed up both can put your mental and physical health at risk.

Symptoms of emotional arousal in former military personnel may include anger or irritability, an overwhelming sense of guilt or shame, and trouble sleeping. PTSD sufferers may also report being easily startled or seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

In addition to visual and auditory hallucinations, PTSD ...

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PTSD Symptoms in Veterans – Anxiety

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Mayo Clinic categorize PTSD symptoms differently, but chronic anxiety and feeling keyed up both can put your mental and physical health at risk.

Symptoms of emotional arousal in former military personnel may include anger or irritability, an overwhelming sense of guilt or shame, and trouble sleeping. PTSD sufferers may also report being easily startled or seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

In addition to visual and auditory hallucinations, PTSD ...

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PTSD Symptoms in Veterans – Avoidance and Emotional Numbing

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Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may try to avoid people or situations that can trigger memories of the traumatic event. For example, a PTSD sufferer whose military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb may try to avoid riding in a civilian friend’s Humvee.

To avoid talking or even thinking about a combat experience, veterans may avoid old Army buddies or other military personnel who served in their ...

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Post-Military PTSD Symptoms – Flashbacks and Bad Memories

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Veterans with PTSD have more than just bad memories or nightmares. Most post-military personnel experience stress-related reactions after combat, but not everyone who’s served in a military theater has or gets PTSD.

Feeling like you’re reliving a stressful experience over and over again is called a flashback. Some veteran sufferers experience these intrusive memories for a few minutes. Others have flashbacks for days at a time. Either way, PTSD symptoms disrupt your life.

So how do veterans know if ...

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PTSD Symptoms in Veterans for Post-Military and Families

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Veterans may experience the first symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) right after a combat experience or terrorist attack, or several months later.  Sometimes, however, post-military PTSD symptoms in soldiers don’t appear until years later.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three categories of post-military PTSD symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses a different system for the military and divides PTSD symptoms into reliving the event, avoiding ...

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