In recent years with the increase publicity about post-traumatic stress disorder most people seem to have the common misconception that post-traumatic stress disorder have no effective treatments and that the only way to deal with it is to grow a tolerance for it. This is completely false, doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for post-traumatic stress disorder, are working on getting the word out that based on recent finding post-traumatic stress disorder is very treatable for most soldiers.PTSD is more prevalent among service members today due to multiple deployments and 17 percent to 20 percent of the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will be suffering from PTSD. But recent studies have shown that 80 percent of those affect by PTSD can be treated to where they will no longer show symptoms in about five years.
Based on written documents dating back to ancient times we can see that symptoms of PTSD have been around for centuries but it has been labeled many different names. It was during the Civil War that doctors coined the term, “soldier’s heart.” The idea was that a soldier’s heart rate, blood pressure and pulse rate were altered by war, and that led to personality changes. Over the years, the disorder has had several names: shell shock, combat fatigue, combat exhaustion. But in the past few decades it has evolved to be understood as having legitimate psychological and physiological roots.
The increase in PTSD cases is due to the large number of re-deployments and the heavy reliance of our military reservists and guardsmen to serve in combat. Because our primary domestic forces aren’t as emerged in the military life style as active duty soldiers are they become unprepared for the mental demands that combat induces on the mind and body. It has not yet been discovered how to pinpoint who might develop PTSD. Most people who serve in a war zone, even those serving multiple deployments, don’t get PTSD, others return home struggling with PTSD after a single tour. A lot of it relies on your personal ability to adapt to high stress situations.
Drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been found to be helpful with PTSD along with cognitive processing therapy to help patients deal with the triggers of their PTSD. Since the start of the wars the recent spike in PTSD cases have caused a boom in clinics and specialist that deal specifically with mental based disorders in soldiers. Also The Department of Defense and the VA are working closely to make sure veterans have readable access to treatment and that further research and development is done to improve the treatment and prevention of PTSD.