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Right now there are big concerns about how to help soldiers deal with the stress of war.  There is a new urgency in figuring out how to treat PTSD, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Our Newsworthy Thursday story this week documents one new approach.  

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Common triggers for PTSD include natural disasters, assault, rape, domestic violence… and war.  Sufferers may experience

  • flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • emotional numbness
  • guilt
  • depression
  • worry
  • edginess
  • increased reactivity
  • sleep issues
  • anger  

Needless to say, this can have devastating effects on the entire family. 

The I Was There Media Workshop is a pilot program being offered by the Army.  Veterans are given the chance to document their war experience – to tell their story – through the creation of a video.  While film-making has been used as a coping mechanism in the past, this is the first time it is being viewed as THERAPY.  So far 20 veterans have gone through the program.  You can read more about this innovative program here.  

Check out these resources if you are interested in learning more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 

What is PTSD?

The Mayo Clinic

More PTSD Resources

How to help a loved one with PTSD

And, if you think you may be suffering from PTSD, please seek help from a qualified professional.  You don’t have to suffer alone.

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