We Lack Sufficient Knowledge on Treating Stress and Fight Responses

Navigating the Complexities of Trauma: Caring for Soldiers and their Families

One moment that will forever stay with me is when I cared for a soldier who had gone through traumatic events. He had an older brother dealing with PTSD, and the family was going through significant emotional turmoil. The parents were rightfully concerned about another son being exposed to trauma, and I spoke with them numerous times to understand and address their concerns. Caring for this family touched my heart deeply.

In such situations, we use a method of psychoeducation to educate the family about the phenomenon of PTSD and the tools they can use to help themselves and their son. The soldier himself also required assistance, and after a few days of talking with me, he was in a better condition, which brought immense relief.

The most significant challenge I am currently facing is the sharp transition between the intensity of working with soldiers in the army and returning to other commitments at the hospital. I am also preparing for a final test of my internship in psychiatry, which has been compressed into a very short period due to reserve duty.

It has become increasingly evident that we do not know enough about treating combat stress and trauma. Our experience in providing assistance to people who have experienced long-term trauma is much greater than our knowledge of providing first aid in such cases, as research is scarce. If I could improve something in the way mental assistance is administered to soldiers today, it would be to ensure that the availability of mental health treatments remains consistent, especially for reservists who are discharged and need continued care.

After such a long period of fighting, I have learned that there is a real concern for the mental health of soldiers among their commanders and peers. However, this does not detract from their fighting spirit or operational activity. It’s essential to remember that when a person is recruited into the reserves, their entire family undergoes a significant transition, which can affect their mental well-being.

In conclusion, I believe that it is crucial for the public to remember that trauma is a national issue and to offer acceptance, containment, and assistance to soldiers experiencing mental distress. It’s imperative to increase the availability of mental health services for all individuals who continue to suffer from a mental disorder as a result of their service.

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