Treatment Options

 Thanks to greatly improved acceptance of PTSD in Veterans, there are a wide variety of treatment options available. Everyone is different and not all therapies work for everyone. The greatest success stories usually come from people who combine multiple therapy methods in their treatment plan. 

Soldier with PTSD in therapy, discussing the trials and tribulations of this horrific condition.

The most common therapies for combat Soldiers include:  Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Written Narrative Exposure, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Pharmacological Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), used with other traditional therapies, has had very positive results in Veterans with PTSD. MBCT may include exercise, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, accupuncture, massage, music, therapy pets, and Recreation Therapy. The US Department of Veterans Affairs states, "We suggest that in addition to a standard treatment plan, MBCT appears to be an effective intervention to significantly reduce symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress among Veterans." 

Recreation Therapy

Every February, time is set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for Veterans suffering from PTSD. According to US Veterans Affairs, this therapy method wasn't formalized until the 1950s, even though it's been used for over 150 years. The benefits of Recreation Therapy include:

 

  • Improves mood states
  • Decreases in depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Increases in motivation, social support, and camaraderie
  • Improves perceived health and perception of disability
  • Increases marital satisfaction
  • Improves psychosocial well-being and community reintegration


Sycamore Sunrise Ranch realizes these incredible benefits and the importance of helping our Soldiers and their families to get away from everyday life, relax, and fight PTSD together. Your donation will go a long way in helping this mission get off the ground!