The New Treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Focus on Technology
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It is a well-known fact that PTSD is correlated to serving in our military. It is estimated by The National Center for PTSD that an approximate of 11 – 20 percent of the veterans that served in the Iraq and Afghanistan have developed PTSD. The estimated percentage from the Vietnam War veterans’ lifestyle that have developed PTSD is approximately 30 percent. It is a veteran requirement to have a complete Post Deployment Health Assessment, or PDHA, after come from their deployment stations. The assessment contains a maximum of 25 questions and a checklist of the symptoms of PTSD. After the veterans have self-disclosed the symptoms they have to the document, the information then goes to their record.

It is believed that military veterans would be willing to talk about stress given the right settings and tools at their disposal, but the problem is that they have not found the right comfortable setting or confidantes where they can be freely share their experiences. Frontiers, came out with an emerging study that states that building rapport with a patient and having the interview kept anonymous, makes the task of getting someone to delve into deeper issues, is easier to outperform the PDHA by getting the veterans comfortable to open up and disclose the symptoms they may be having.

Chris Malora, a former veteran created an equipment to help manage PTSD. Enter Neuroflow, which is a piece of equipment used for measuring neurological movements in the heart rate and the brain, it’s a great resource to observe PSTD symptoms of the patient in real time. This creation was overseen by Chief Clinical Officer Laurie Deckard at 5PALMS Ormond Beach residential facility that is specialized in the treatment of PSTD among women survivors of substance and sexual abuse in the military. The NeuroFlow is automated to operate using measurements that are heart rate and brain read to produce the measurements of a patients’ relaxation, stress and engagement level. The patient is though expected to be talking to the therapist while under the procedure because some patients might not be aware of what triggers their PSTD. The therapist then monitors the patient reactions as he or she talks and takes note of what causes uncomfortability in the patient. Patients often take a couple weeks to notice any significant change in their mental health when undergoing therapy. NeuroFlow on the other hand can easily prove if a patient is learning to cope up with the disorder by showing the improvements in their incremental levels. The motivation of the creation to be in existence was from the alarming rate Malora saw the fellow veterans were committing suicide. At least 20 veterans could die by suicide on a single day in 2014. Informational guides and videos are hosted on The National Center for PTSD’s website and anyone can view or access them from a computer or mobile phone. It is also confirmed by the Director of the Center’s Dissemination and Training Division in Palo Alto, California, Josef Ruzek, that there are 14 mobile phone apps that are PTSD oriented and have been created across platforms to be in use by veterans.