Meeting a Need
Active duty military personnel and especially veterans, face a multitude of challenges in their personal and family lives, and these challenges are magnified when the military individual has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is why Worthy Warriors takes a multi-disciplinary approach in its treatment program.
California has the largest number of veterans, active duty personnel, and reserves in the United States. However, it has limited resources to sufficiently provide services to those military personnel who need urgent help with PTSD. In fact, individuals may wait 6 months to 2 years before receiving any treatment. By that time, personal lives and families may be destroyed by the effects of PTSD.
It is imperative that the private community aid in the effort to provide aid to our military service men and women. That is why Worthy Warriors is here to help these individuals.
Those with PTSD are faced with anger, depression, anxiety, or a general lack of emotion. Further, many individuals who serve in the military develop a sense of stoicism, where they suppress emotion all together. Although many desire to act appropriately, they report having difficulty truly understanding what they are actually feeling. Through the use of life coaching and counseling, Worthy Warriors provides these individuals with a safe place to discuss their emotions and understand how they can better express themselves in order to interact with others more effectively.
The unemployment rate among U.S. Veterans continues to be higher than that of the non-military civilian polupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who served on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both at any time since September 2001 -- a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans had an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent in August 2012. Among male Gulf War-era II veterans, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent; whereas the rate for female veterans was 12.5 percent. Worthy Warriors helps teach these veterans important life skills (amongst other topics) to aid in their search for employment.
Divorce and Children
A number of studies have found that veterans' PTSD symptoms can negatively impact family relationships and that family relationships may exacerbate a veteran's PTSD. In fact, the divorce rate among military couples has increased 42 percent throughout the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, adding to the woes of U.S. military veterans returning from the Middle East who already have to tackle war-related problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and high unemployment rates.
Rates of divorce for veterans with PTSD are two times greater than for veterans without PTSD. Moreover, veterans with PTSD are three times more likely than veterans without PTSD to divorce two or more times.
Multiple deployments have a cumulative impact on both the spouse and the children. This cumulative impact is associated with emotional difficulties among military children and mental health diagnoses among spouses. Of the nearly 776,000 children with active duty parents, one-third of children with at least one deployed parent have psychological challenges such as acute stress reaction, depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues.
Civilians often don't understand that, though the battle overseas may be over, our troops must now come home and fight for their marriages. Through Worthy Warriors' family support services, couples and families can learn how to communicate and rebuild their families to an even stronger place than before deployment.
Fight or Flight
Foremost, those with PTSD experience a fundamental change in the electrical and chemical activity in their brains. When faced with a trauma, all of us react with a fight or flight response via a rush of adrenalin. Following that initial rush, our brains are naturally programmed to produce more seratonin (a natural chemical in the brain) to then help us calm once the initial rush of the trauma has passed. However, soldiers often do not have the "luxury" of having a trauma pass quickly. Rather they are faced with multiple and often constant trauma. As a result, the brain does not get the chance to release seratonin due to the constant rush of adrenalin. Researchers believe that over time, soldiers' brains lack normal levels of seratonin which should provide them with a natural state of calm. This explains a soldier's heightened sense of arousal (hypervigilance) where they are quick to react to being startled. Further, this change in brain chemistry leads to a change in the electrical activity in the brain. Through the use of neurofeedback, Worthy Warriors helps to re-calibrate the brain so it can function in a more balanced manner.
© Worthy Warriors, Inc. All rights reserved.