4 Things You May Not Know About Treating Veterans with PTSD

The National Center for PTSD has resources available to help those affected by the recent hurricanes as well as the tragic events in Las Vegas and the CA Wildfires.  They are also offering services to providers treating anyone (both Vets and non-Vets) who is coping with the psychological effects of these events with their Consultation Program.  

We are posting on their behalf this list about treating Veterans with PTSD.  Please visit their site for more information.


4 Things You May Not Know About Treating Veterans with PTSD

There are 22 million Veterans in the United States, and approximately 3.7 million of them have PTSD. If you are one of the many providers who are currently treating Veterans with PTSD, you know that it can be challenging. These four tips serve as helpful reminders about treating Veterans with PTSD.

1. PTSD Rarely Exists Alone Oftentimes PTSD is not the only mental health concern affecting Veterans. It is common that the Veterans you are treating may have PTSD and depression, substance use problems, guilt, grief, or other issues. Knowing more about how to assess and treat these commonly co-occurring concerns will help you treat your Veteran clients.  

2. PTSD is Not Always Immediate Symptoms of PTSD usually occur within three months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they can appear years later. Even if a Veteran was deployed a while ago, they could still be experiencing symptoms of PTSD.

3. PTSD is Treatable There are a variety of treatment options for Veterans with PTSD that can lead to recovery. There are useful resources where you can learn about different treatment options, ask questions, or find out where to get training.

4. The National Center for PTSD’s Consultation Program is a Free Resource for Providers If you have general PTSD treatment questions or are or have questions about a particular client, there is a FREE resource that connects you to expert clinicians by email or phone. Contact an expert clinician by emailing [email protected] or calling (866) 948-7880. You’ll talk or email with a psychologist or psychiatrist who has designed, implemented, and led PTSD treatment programs and consulted on thousands of cases. Take advantage of free continuing education and other resources at www.ptsd.va.gov/consult.

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