by U. Mittelstadt / Clever Homeopathy – Clever H.-the Mag!
In times of continued and potentially upcoming military conflict, combat related health issues are issues that cannot and should not be ignored. Not only is military warfare detrimental and destructive to devastating numbers of uninvolved people, but, it also, in many, many cases, presents servicemen and women with an unappreciated souvenir.
While many such ‘issues’ are of injuries to the physical body and health of combat personnel, many servicemen and women bringing home non- visual injuries. These are frequently ignored and often misinterpreted health issues such as anxiety and trauma disorders. These are increasingly becoming more prevalent, yet are to date insufficiently acknowledged, managed and treated.
PTSD, post-traumatic-stress-disorder, is the trauma issue that may evolve from the exposure to experiences of warfare, combat or terror. PTSD was first exhibited in Vietnam -War – veterans, but was only acknowledged and classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in 1980. Increasing numbers of military personnel exhibit symptoms associated with their experiences during deployment to war zones and engagement during battle.
These are not occasional states of anxiety, but mental conditions defined by distress that prevents people from living a normal life. Characteristic for these types of anxiety and trauma disorders are persistent, overwhelming states of worry and fear. These phases can be disabling, and may appear unmanageable. Panic, phobias, compulsion, and depression may combine, leaving the individual unable to lead a normal life.
Conventional medicine uses medicinal and psychoanalytical approaches to assist individuals suffering of PTSD. However, ever increasingly holistic and complementary therapies are being used by patients to alleviate the symptoms of trauma syndromes. There is little research into the effects of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) treatments for PTSD, but experiential reports offer promising testimonials of effectiveness.
The CAM therapies are holistic therapeutic approaches that consider the totality of patients, taking into account the physical, mental and emotional plane of patients, thereby achieving amelioration, and recovery of the individual as a whole.