Recent scandals at VA hospitals all over the country make it perfectly clear: we are mistreating our veterans. Unfortunately, veterans problems are even worse than most people realize. Delayed medical screenings and negligent healthcare is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, veterans are also suffering from lacking mental health programs. With at least 22 veterans committing suicide per day, it is obvious that something must be done. What can we do?
Extend Current Mental Health Programs and Related Allowances By Several Years
Efficient post traumatic stress disorder help may take several years. Why? According to new research, it can take as long as seven to 12 years for PSTD symptoms to truly manifest. This is somewhat troubling news, given that the government currently allows for only five years of no questions asked mental health treatments. By simply extending programs, including VA disability benefits and treatment programs for survivors of abuse and military sexual trauma, we may be able to save hundreds — possibly even thousands — of lives.
Explore All Treatment Options
Even legal advice suggests talk therapy (or, sometimes, solely talk therapy) does not necessarily work for everyone. Exploring alternative treatments or supplemental treatments may help veterans who need care, but are also hesitant to talk about their problems. Currently, scientists are experimenting with all kinds of different treatments, ranging from small brain implants to distraction therapy via classic video games, like Tetris.
Brain implants work by firing small electrical signals into the brain to correct stress and flashback signals. Similar implants are already used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, for example. How does distraction therapy work? “”Focusing on a highly engaging visual-spatial task, such as playing video games, may significantly reduce the occurrence of flashbacks, the mental images concerning the trauma that intrude on the sufferer afterward,” Live Science explains.
Veterans are not receiving the mental health care treatment they need and deserve. Seek legal advice if you think you — or your loved ones — are eligible for more care. Research more like this: www.hillandponton.com