The Role Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In Veterans

788 Words 4 Pages
osttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD or Posttraumatic syndrome, is a disease that affects individuals who have been exposed to different types of trauma, and more specifically, soldiers and veterans who have been exposed to war. According to the Wounded Warrior Project, “as of September 1, 2015, 400,000 military personnel are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, and unfortunately, more women will be exposed than men”, (woundedwarriorproject.org). Many of today’s veterans and current soldiers experience the disorder. “ About 52% of American soldiers from the war in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the war in Afghanistan”, (National Institutes of Health Plus magazine), combined, suffer from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include, flash …show more content…
This project caters to soldiers and wounded war veterans who deal with physical and mental ailments as a result of trauma from war. Many innovations such as prosthetic limbs, driving apparatus, and adaptive equipment have been made for these individuals. Some of the interventions done by occupational therapist to engage the mental states of the soldiers are simple yet effective treatments, like using art and music. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., occupational therapist can “conduct a comprehensive and collaborative evaluation to identify strengths and barriers to occupational performance and their cause(s) (e.g., needs, trauma triggers, environmental barriers). They provide individual and group therapy sessions related to the impact of trauma, phases of recovery, and health/wellness strategies, often in collaboration with other …show more content…
Since World War II, occupational therapists have catered to wounded soldiers and are constantly researching, creating, and pushing for new ways to treat them through the use of occupations, group sessions, music, art and adaptive materials. Also, public health models and national models are being used to initiate new approaches to the disorder, during evaluation. Slowly, but surely more awareness is being raised on PTSD through initiatives, and as a result of the rising awareness, there will be a positive effect on the number of soldiers and veterans being treated for

Related Documents