Having Your Warfare & Eating Them Also: Solving the Worldwide Experienced Disaster

We live in a time in which states are sending unprecedented amounts of allied troops to combat zones in the name of terrorism prevention, the full cost of which is staggering and unforeseen. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has hit record amounts and garnered record attention, and it is the primary culprit for high suicide, homelessness, divorce and substance abuse in global battle veteran inhabitants.

The veterans and ptsd here and now

Since 2000, the cost to allied nations for these military operations has surpassed 5 trillion dollars, and treating those injured both physically and mentally continues to hemorrhage billions more. It really is approximated that 30% of combat veterans will return demonstrating either full or partial symptom expression of PTSD.

Combat veterans are glorified for having served their country in combat, focusing attention on this group, especially where the public sees combat veterans displaced and unsupported in the aftermath of their service. Military trauma is the greatest statistical group for PTSD, as they are focused within organizations such as Veterans Administrations (VAs) and consequently readily analyzed.

There are much greater amounts of PTSD from childhood and sexual injury than battle injury, yet battle veterans have excessive rates of suicide and homelessness due to the deficiency of both governmental and social support systems available to satisfactorily cater the currently astronomical influx of demand.

Think of it like this: civilians with PTSD are naturally spread amongst a nation, states, cities and towns. They frequently have a construction of family and friends around them. The military runs in large clusters. Soldiers regularly call their base places residence. VAs are usually established close to military bases isolating support for combat veterans.

At present there are billions of dollars spent on a multitude of studies and plans in an effort to find and solve the PTSD veteran crisis. With all this money spent, you might think progress is being made, yet the results do not reveal the cost or effort to date. There are plans that work, and there are known factors with high achievement rates, as funding keeps going to new trials and plans, yet these are often blown off due to funding, time conditions or, worse.

So what are the problems that need to be solved?

Thousands of returning soldiers are enduring complex, treatment resistant injury due to multiple operational tours.

VAs are under-equipped to deal with the returning PTSD quantities.

The effectiveness of pharmaceuticals is inconsistent, causing more problems than they fix for the majority yet used as the first line treatment protocol.

That is a deficit of systems that are successful to treat self-medication.

There is a shortage of injury therapists to efficiently treat the number of those impacted.

Successful therapies need years, a decade even, to be truly powerful per person.

National disability schemes are stretched to backing limitations with PTSD sufferers.

Stigmatization strains reintegration within society both socially and for employment.

Collateral damage is done to the veteran's family.

Difficulties are pretty simple to identify. The above list is far from exhaustive in presenting problems for combat veterans with PTSD. I'm an Australian combat veteran, and whilst the suggestions here are just that, I don't speak for the combat veteran community of the entire world. As Australia has rather an exceptional combat veteran support system and affiliated programs in place, I consider myself blessed. I expect other combat veterans add their own opinions to what they believe could be simple, powerful alternatives to the dilemmas that are present.

By no means is the subsequent discussion a total solution to the preceding problems, and some of the alternatives address and intertwine several of our problem areas that are listed.

Perennial tours broaden PTSD sophistication

Just like a child within a toxic home environment, surrounded by maltreatment with nowhere to go, a soldier resides in a similar scenario when deployed within a combat zone. For six to twelve months, this is traumatic for many soldiers as an isolated tour, though when compounded by multiple tours -- such as six on, six off, six on, six off -- the continued vulnerability provides little relief towards re-adjustment or powerful downtime following a fight tour. Most will remain in an activated and ready state, understanding they redeploy let alone that they'll most probably begin pre-deployment training within 3 months, further reducing downtime.

The straightforward solution to the whole problem? Quit sending troops into foolish wars which make little tactical sense. The lies, deceit and conflicting advice from all the recent wars does little towards credibility to support troop deployments. Defend your state; do not invade others. A simple solution to the whole issue!

Saying that, politicians and secret bureaus can not get enough deceit and power, so troop deployments need to be radically changed to check repeated, extreme exposure to combat. A ratio of 1:3 should be used for all deployments. For every month deployed, you spend house, reintegrating in classes, training, general obligations, social life, family etc.

Simply put, most deployments are six month in duration for motives that are economic and tactical, making every rotation 18 months home. That makes a minimum of 15 months to decompress, deal with any psychological dilemmas that present, then begin pre- deployment.

If militaries need to believe long term, then they have to get onboard such turning periods. Losing experienced combat veterans works against every military, so looking after them is in the best interest for all involved.

VAs are under-equipped

VAs are far under-equipped to take care of the present influx of PTSD combat veterans. Wait times can be many hours for what should be an one-hour appointment. Furthermore, it can take months to make that appointment.

Group therapy is neglecting to treat the individual wounding parts of each combat veteran. Whilst group therapy has value, in addition, it has outcome constraints.

VAs in the United States are under-financed, using over worked, exhausted, frustrated employees. The alternative is that funds should be focused on the issue, not wasted on experimental choices that are varied. The options are already present -- powerful therapies that provide 60 to 80% restoration, with more time needed for some.

Cash could prudently be spent enabling battle veterans to seek Va-funded treatment through local, private injury therapists who deliver approved trauma treatment techniques to treat the injury. That may be difficult to hear for some in the U.S., as that is socialism vs capitalism. Is every man for themselves actually helping the problem? No, no it is not.

In the Uk and Australia, the problem is being helped by it. Fight veterans are not left to be displaced and dismissed. Instead they have government support in place for treatment and disability capital while seeking treatment. Getting people healed and back to being productive members of society is in every country's finest long-term interest.

Pharmaceuticals are not the response

Shrinks are using pharmaceuticals to treat PTSD with little evidence to support the effectiveness of this type of treatment regimen. Pharmaceuticals have an approximate 25% success rate, much less than injury treatments. Sure, they're cheaper than treatment, but they cause way more issues than they fix.

Most combat veterans treated with pharmaceuticals will be on several medications. Why? So subsequently shrinks are prescribing medications to treat the symptoms that another drug created, because one will cause other difficulties. Seriously? This is an indication of how awful pharmaceuticals are, in that a pill is being given by the alternative to a problem created by a pill. How is this okay? Pharmaceuticals are creating more problems than they solve.

Shortage of effective pre-treatment programs

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a foundational treatment protocol that's history to demonstrate and support efficacy in treating substance abuse with PTSD. Why are billions being spent on experimental, radical, obscure efforts to find other alternatives for treating the veteran catastrophe when the remedies already exist? Set of dollars toward training staff to deliver the techniques to the affected battle veterans. More will get solved in a shorter interval than what is happening now.

Pre-treatment is not restricting its use to make therapy overall more effective although about quitting substance abuse. Hell, the effectiveness of pre-treatment can be used as a mark towards having complete trauma treatment paid for at a doctor local to the combat veteran.

Deficit of powerful therapists

Therapists aren't created equal. This focus on hiring therapists and throwing them within a VA is antiquated, to say the least. You restrict a therapist's potential to learn and treat trauma by exposing them to nothing apart from battle injury. Limits become demanded on their learning and techniques. They become desensitized and become capable of treating their customer.

The remedy is not to create a military therapist but to support therapists in private practice, where they've a combination of customers and thus have a combination of treatments they are using and assessing for effectiveness. Moreover, they'ren't becoming burnt out on the atrocities of battle trauma and are not being screwed into supply their service for next to nothing.

A joyful therapist makes a good therapist. Pay them well. Treat them well. Ensure they ensure they have compulsory exposure to on-going learning and techniques, and have diversity of clientele.

Effective therapies take time

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) took 20 years to develop and evolve into one of the best treatments for injury. The billions being spent towards programs and idiotic studies by authorities needs to quit, and we must repurpose this money towards real available treatments that work.

I'm recommending training more therapists in EMDR, Prolonged Exposure (PE), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), ACT, and receiving these treatments used as first line treatment for PTSD instead of tossing pharmaceuticals around. Using this cash to finance the longevity treatment durations needed to effectively alter 60-80% of returning troops suffering PTSD to civilians that are fully healed, practical . This merely makes sense.

Yes, this is socialism on the job but let us be fair, it is truly needed to treat the veteran crisis happening worldwide. The cash is being spent already, but instead of being squandered, it can be used to truly treat the issue, not merely appear like something is being done.

National handicap stretched to the limitations

Handicap awarded to combat veterans has climbs to dizzying highs. Throwing money at veterans isn't going to solve their problems nor the overall problem. Impairment schemes will eventually break governments. As we're a global market today, this problem has far reaching economic impact for all countries concerned.

Sure, money has to be there to support veterans during treatment, but the trouble is that money isn't being equally used towards the affected and the treatment. To reduce the general event of impairment, authorities need to ensure money is being effectively spent on providing treatment to the impacted. It's rather easy really -- to get your disability payments you actually partaking towards recovery and must be attending therapy. After deemed recovered by the therapist, aid towards re-employment training and then full employment chances.

Handicap is then used effectively, and those people who are actually resistant after years of therapy then stay on disability. Keep providing them the support they need, and you've lessened the longevity weight by a minimum of 60% annual funds. Well... unless you keep sending troops into idiotic wars, that is.

Reintegration employment stigmatization

A more urgent problem for veterans, particularly those who have cured, employable, are practical and are prepared to transition to employment once again, is that PTSD recognition has now reached companies. These employers are discriminating when learning of military history on cvs and have wrong beliefs of PTSD sufferers. Companies are now asking questions that aren't allowed to be asked relating to mental health. They may be passing over battle veterans on the assumption that PTSD may become an issue for them as a company.

If authorities do figure out how to shift the present strategy of treating combat veteran PTSD and get their act together an awareness media campaign would additionally need to be found -- or motivators to hire period, battle veterans -- to thwart the erroneous stigma connected with PTSD.

Families are collateral damage

The forgotten in all of this is the family behind the veteran. They need access to government-assisted support in relation to battle veterans. Partners, siblings and parents want help in how exactly to help their affected battle veteran. They want self-care support. They want access to educational tools to help get their battle veteran back on track towards employment and equilibrium, in life.

Family play a larger part in helping their loved one back to health than therapists, but they can not do it alone. With an approximate 80% divorce rate for serving staff, the PTSD divorce rate is greater. Having combat veterans abandon their family, or vice versa, is not helping market, family, community or the veteran. A snowball effect happens with far reaching impact.

Whether on-line support structures are in place for instruction, access to free copies of popular PTSD relationship novels, phone counseling support, even video conferencing and online support groups, all of these resources assist supporters to band together, help each other, and help themselves towards helping their veteran.


There are some fairly large issues that presently are only getting worse. Matters need to change as the current strategy is a dismal failure. We've effective treatments available. They only need campaigns targeting the stigma of PTSD, money, time and locality implementation for effectiveness: more official resources accessible online and use the truth to blanket the myths that propagate the discrimination and possibly even motivators to employ battle veterans.

What can you add towards solving the veteran crisis that is PTSD? Do you feel there's a larger issue at play that we haven't mentioned? Please share your thoughts and maybe, just perhaps, someone that matters might take initiative and implement the change needed to fix the dilemma.

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