The Globe and Mail reports alarming statistics of those who have returned home from serving, most recently in the Afghanistan war, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Coping with symptoms such as persistent anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness and despair, addictions, and the risk of self-harm is difficult not only for veterans but their families.
A greater awareness of this has prompted calls for better care and given impetus to developing new programs.
The U.S. Center for Biotechnology Information found that drugs are often unsuccessful in treating PTSD. What works best in their analysis are psychological interventions that help veterans restructure their thought patterns.
One such treatment enlists the services of “man’s best friend.”Continue Reading