Veterans with PTSD
Since 2001, over 1.5 million American soldiers have answered the call of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of these brave soldiers have returned home bearing the visible wounds of combat—but many more return home bearing the invisible wounds of combat: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, mood disorders and substance abuse problems.
It’s been estimated that as many as one in three returning combat veterans suffer from some form of Post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that occurs after an individual has experienced a traumatic event, such as combat. The symptoms of PTSD usually occur soon after the event—but the signs of PTSD can also take months or even years to develop.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Suicidal thoughts or feelings
- Feeling isolated
- Anger and irritability
- Guilt or shame
- Feeling detached from others, or feeling emotionally “numb”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hyper-vigilance (being in a state of constant alertness)
- Difficulty falling or remaining asleep
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Intense physical reaction when reminded of the event (elevated heartbeat, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
- Avoiding places, activities, thoughts or feelings that trigger memories of the event
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
The Behavioral Health programs at Brookhaven Hospital offer help and hope for returning combat veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat-related behavioral health issues. Our programs are solution-focused and designed to help returning veterans acquire the coping skills necessary to manage their symptoms, prevent relapse and make a successful transition back into civilian life.
Family Therapy: A Powerful Tool For Recovery
At Brookhaven, family members play an important role in the recovery process by participating in family therapy sessions and encouraging their loved one to share his or her thoughts and feelings about the trauma. This important therapeutic tool also helps family members understand what the patient is going through and lets everyone communicate better to work through issues that affect the entire family.
Brookhaven Hospital: A Full Range of Treatment Options
All of Brookhaven’s behavioral health programs provide psychological and medical services seven days a week, 365 days a year—and our full range of structured, comprehensive and active treatment programs are specifically designed to maximize the opportunities for a positive outcome.
For returning veterans with substance issues in addition to their emotional trauma, the Brookhaven Hospital Substance Abuse Program can provide a full range of services from initial detoxification through active treatment to outpatient therapy.
Brookhaven Hospital’s behavioral health services include:
- Internal medicine
- Medically supervised detoxification
- 12-step programs
- Psychiatric nursing care
- Individual, group and family therapies
- Social work
- Aftercare planning
- Outpatient services
The Time to Act is Now
Left untreated, PTSD and other combat-related disorders can lead to severe depression, substance abuse problems and even suicide. So call Brookhaven Hospital today at 888-298-4673 and learn how we can help returning veterans with behavioral health issues live lives free of emotional trauma.