JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- American men and women who joined the military to defend our freedom are in some cases bringing back invisible wounds.
The problem is post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies by the Veterans Administration suggest one in five U.S. service members will deal with symptoms of PTSD.
In Jacksonville, the VA is increasing services to help the veterans deal with the struggles, including additional facilities, like the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on North Jefferson Street.
The facility offers a host of health services for veterans including some PTSD programs.
It is part of the expanding PTSD treatment in northeast Florida.
The VA is also bringing in new physicians, and expanding use of evidence-based treatments.
Among the treatment options being offered: cognitive processing and prolonged exposure.Cognitive processing
helps veterans find new ways to deal with traumatic thoughts.Prolonged exposure
helps veterans directly approach traumatic thoughts, to decrease how they cause distress.
These treatments are offered by various clinics in our area.