Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Revisiting the initial question.

Do veterans receive the benefits and care they deserve and were promised? 

This problem is so complex and important to our society; it is not possible for a single discipline to resolve it. It is not as simple as solving PTSD through the VA system with psychology; this problem involves much more than that; there are so many different pieces to the puzzle. Treating PTSD is a very complex process in itself and it does not have a single answer. Additionally, the VA is a multipart system that attempts to treat a wide range of PTSD with treatments that have proven to be most effective. To advance we need to find a way to accurately distinguish the severity of PTSD among veterans. We also need to prescribe treatments that fit the person and not just because it is most effective. That being said, some treatments that are not supported by research need to be

explored further so that they can be utilized or put to rest. For instance, yoga, acupuncture, psychomotor therapy, and medical marijuana. In addition to treatments, outside organizations, foundations, and campaigns are just as important. Having foundations such as The Battle Buddy Foundation can further benefit veterans. This is why assessing this problem with an interdisciplinary approach is key. Treating a veteran with PTSD with cognitive behavioral therapy alone may be effective, but not as effective when combined with a service dog, a yoga routine, monthly acupuncture, and more. Assessing the problem from all angles, and not just one, is essential to delivering veterans the quality care they deserve.

1 comment:

  1. This is the first time I really went through and read the whole blog, Carly. It's a great site, and could really grow and help people! Maybe you can add guest bloggers as well, if you know folks who work on these issues who might want to share a post or two here. I can imagine this really taking off if you keep researching and writing.