The War At Home: Healing PTSDDan Doyle, Vietnam Veteran
PSTD and other aftereffects of war can make coming home just as difficult as experiencing combat. This film focuses on one GI’s struggle as he attempts to reenter civilian life after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan…I remember having many of these same feelings upon my return from Vietnam. It was the patience and love of my family and friends that saved me, too.
Combat PTSD is both a psychological and physiological condition. The stress put on the sufferer’s brain actually changes its physical landscape, including a 5-10% decrease in gray matter, the part of the brain responsible for relaying neurological messages to and from the body. Also affected are the hippocampus (short-term memory) and the prefrontal cortex (emotional response).
The VA is trying to de-stigmatize the issue to encourage more vets to seek help, but if treatments aren’t as effective as they could or should be, there’s no point. We need to work toward changing this. Encourage VA Secretary Robert McDonald to look into providing other therapy options for those affected by PTSD. Veterans served our country; in return, we need to serve them.