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Post Traumatic Stress in Veterans

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What is Post Traumatic Stress? 

  • A reaction that can occur after exposure to a traumatic incident such as combat, violent crime, serious accidents, natural disaster, or physical/sexual abuse

Who experiences Post Traumatic Stress?

  • About 61% of males in the U.S. will be exposed to trauma in their lifetime; roughly 8% of them will develop Post Traumatic Stress
  • About 51% of Females in the U.S. will be exposed to trauma in their lifetime; roughly 20% of them will develop Post Traumatic Stress

What are some common reactions to Traumatic Exposure?

  • Fear/anxiety – hyperarousal, jumpy, feeling tense or afraid
  • Sadness/depression – tired, numb, empty; wanting to be alone all the time; losing interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Guilt/shame – feeling responsible for things that happened, or those that were killed or injured
  • Anger/irritability – lashing out, loss of patience

What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress?

  • Reliving the event (triggered by similar circumstances)
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Numbness/disinterest
  • Hyperarousal, keyed up, lashing out at inappropriate times

What are some dangers associated with Post Traumatic Stress?

  • Self-medication – drugs and/or alcohol
  • Failing to take care of your medical needs
  • Aggressive driving

How is it treated?

  • Traditional methods such as counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication
  • Less traditional methods such as hippotherapy (equine based) and EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT):

EFT is a quick and simple method of reducing the intensity of traumatic events.  It uses two common psychological techniques 1) Exposure (reliving the traumatic event) and 2) cognitive restructuring (self-acceptance) combined with tapping on acupressure points along your face and body.  The tapping calms your brain as you "walk" through the traumatic event.  EFT is sometimes known as acupuncture without needles.

EFT is now available in the South Plains area!  Contact the VRCG to find out how you can be helped.

Warriors are programmed to believe they can tough out any situation (soldier on) and if they can't solve the issues by themselves, then it can't be solved.  This just simply isn't true, and your life becomes immensely better with treatment!

If you are a veteran, or a family member of a veteran who may be experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic PLEASE SEEK HELP through the VA, the Vet Center, or by contacting the Veterans Resource Coordination Group.

www.vrcg.org

806-470-9317

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