Salem, UT – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Trauma Recovery Specialist and host of “Healing Talk” radio show, will discuss “The Tragic Impact of Untreated PTSD in Veterans. According to Diana, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans is a problem of enormous proportions.
The long lasting effects of ptsd in veterans are illustrated by the soldiers of the Vietnam war: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one third of the nation’s homeless population is comprised of Veterans, a majority of them Veterans from Vietnam. Tragically, the number of homeless Vietnam Veterans is now greater than the number of soldiers who were killed in Vietnam. They are homeless because of the dysfunction, addiction and mental illness caused by their war experience.
Various studies place the lifetime occurrence of PTSD in combat veterans at somewhere between 10 and 30 percent. It is estimated that 20 percent of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 6 years have PTSD. That means over 300,000 soldiers are affected.
According to the Times Free Press, the Veterans Administration reports that about 1,000 veterans a month try to commit suicide.
A study published in JAMA show that Veterans with PTSD are more likely to abuse alcohol. They have an increase in health problems, and struggle more with anger and violent behavior. This violence is often directed towards family members.
Unfortunately, many Veterans do not want to admit, either to themselves or others that they are experiencing post-war trauma. Admitting there is a need for treatment has often been viewed by soldiers as a sign of weakness. This is an attitude that perpetuates a great deal of suffering. Untreated PTSD can often create a downward spiral of stress, addiction, damaged relationships, mental illness and physical deterioration.
It’s important to help our Veterans to understand that release techniques can be learned, painful emotions can be discharged safely and gradually, and soldiers can return to being normal civilians. Trauma therapy has been dramatically transformed in the last ten years by a wealth of brain imaging research and new techniques. It is now possible for many severe cases of PTSD in Veterans to be resolved, and for severely-impacted combat veterans to “get their lives back”.
About “Healing Talk” Talk Radio Show: The Healing Talk Radio Show explores the best of current research in emotional and relationship healing. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist in Salem,Utah. Listen every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Planetary Streams Talk Radio. Listen to internet replay daily at 9 am, 5 pm and 2 am Mountain Time on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website, http://www.healingtalkradio.com.