Soldier PTSD Treatment Wait Times Could Shorten


POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:21pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 5:38am

EL PASO - There's new hope for local soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. This, as the Local VA clinic was reprimanded for not providing the proper care for high-risk suicidal soldiers.

Beginning today, a program run by Mental Health Mental Retardation will train clinicians in cognitive processing therapy, or CPT.

It's the preferred treatment for PTSD.

Several dozen people turned out Thursday to learn more about it.

The goal is to train more therapists in El Paso to cut wait times for soldiers.

"We're hoping to have a 7-day wait if possible, or 10-day availability for appointments versus (the) 3 months that they may have to wait on post," said Christy Daugherty of MHMR.

The therapy is not just limited to soldiers.
MHMR representatives say anyone who's been through a traumatic event stands to benefit.

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Complementary Alternative Medicines (CAM) can improve quality of life while therapies like CPT can enhance our behavior. Physical and emotional pain, sleep problems, anger/depression, avoidance, etc. often plague people suffering with PTSD. Integrated health methods can help facilitate & maintain change. It also takes support of loved ones, spirituality, social environments to foster Wellness and treat PTSD effectively. Thank you Service Members, Families, Providers, Teachers, and Gerry- lk

CBT may be a preferred treatment for many injured warriors; however, if it is not complemented with integrative health methods--massage, mindfulness/meditation, Reiki, acupuncture, expressive arts, neuro-psych, water therapies, family & couple therapies, group therapy, etc--it will not relieve the deeper levels of trauma that is stored in the cells, organs, muscle tissue and even in the genetic code.

See the great results of the Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center for evidence.

All I have to say is it's about time! Orion

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