Over the past several years I have seen the same bewildered expression on the faces of numerous Veterans as they struggle to understand and explain their own actions. After several months of treatment, one such client was finally able to articulate, “It’s like there’s a switch in my head that suddenly turns on and it takes everything I’ve got to fight the impulse to do something crazy.”
Blog posts with the tag "Veteran"
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Although more than 40 years has passed since the end of that war, it has become evident that long-term psychological repercussions still linger, impacting both those who served and the nation that sent them. Collectively, the experiences of those who fought have touched our country and been well documented in postwar art, literature and film, yet questions still remain about the specific impact of that war on the individual warrior today.
ERRT targets physiological, behavioral, cognitive aspects related to the development and maintenance of nightmares through a three-session treatment protocol. Each session is approximately 60 minutes and starts by providing psychoeducation about trauma, nightmares, and sleep hygiene, as well as teaching progressive muscle relaxation. The main emphasis is to provide relevant background information, modify maladaptive sleep habits, and to help patients gain proficiency with relaxation skills, such as progressive muscle relaxation.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those tree-hugging vegans who wants to bring their dog to work every day. Me too. Full disclosure: I wrote this blog mostly so I could watch cat videos on company time. But perhaps you have more noble aspirations, such as understanding the current state of research on animal-assisted therapy for military clients. A quick Internet search suggests you’re not alone.