Therapy for Veterans
Veterans who return from a deployment face a number of challenges. For example, they may have trouble sleeping or interacting with their families and friends upon their return or they may become diagnosed with a serious illness like mesothelioma. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available that can assist in the healing of a vet's post-deployment issues.
Biofeedback involves measurement of a veteran's muscle tension, body temperature and brain function to determine their level of discomfort associated with depression, stress, PTSD, and more. In some cases, Biofeedback is also successful in treating a veteran with certain addictions.
This particular therapy involves the use of horses to heal veterans suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD. It may also help vets reconnect with their emotions and can strengthen communication skills following a difficult deployment and time away from their loved ones.
Many veterans suffer from addictions to alcohol or drugs following a deployment. Using alcohol and drugs is often a coping mechanism for vets who have suffered particularly traumatic events while deployed. Veterans have many options for treating their addictions, and there are even some treatment centers that cater specifically to the needs of vets.
The benefits of the above alternative therapies for cancer patients are well known, but veterans who are dealing with a variety of issues ranging from sleep disorders to PTSD may also benefit. For vets who are having trouble adjusting to civilian life following a deployment, alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, yoga and meditation can restore a sense of calm and balance.
This interactive treatment is computer-based and is said to be quite intense. It is, however, very effective in treating vets who are dealing with severe PTSD, depression, or anxiety. The process immerses a veteran in a traumatic memory and works to disconnect the individual's negative emotional reaction from the memory itself. Virtual Therapy is offered at several VA treatment centers, including Walter Reed.
This process was developed specifically for military members. Warrior Mind Training is effective in mentally preparing an individual for their deployment and is also useful for vets returning to civilian life following a stressful deployment. It is an effective tool for those who are struggling to reintegrate themselves upon returning to their family and friends.