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Due to the traumatic atmosphere in which active military combatants serve, countless veterans suffer from a multitude of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, substance abuse, and anxiety. Those experiencing these challenges often choose to address and resolve them with the support of a mental health expert.Medication therapy is often employed to help manage some of the more severe symptoms, in combination with psychotherapy, in order to improve sleep patterns, reduce irritability, and help ease intrusive thoughts or nightmares. For veterans currently experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and mood-stabilizing drugs will likely be prescribed by a doctor or psychiatrist.
When treating symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety, the use of mood-influencing medications alongside talk therapies have been proven to be hugely beneficial. Some of the more common methods of therapy that are employed when attempting to treat mental health symptoms accrued during time served in the military are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). These therapies aim at helping affected veterans decrease emotional pain and reestablish positive relationships. Treatments including cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure therapy (PE) promote positive thinking and behaviors during high pressure and stressful situations. Those who choose to work with a veterans and military issues therapist have the opportunity to live a more relaxed and fulfilling life in the long term.
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