Published on September 16, 2020

The Impact of Trauma-Induced PTSD on Veterans

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by witnessing an adverse event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

We at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center are proud to provide mental health services for our veterans. We address the unique challenges a veteran may face while keeping the treatment confidential in a therapeutic setting.

What Do Veterans Suffer from Most Often?

War veterans and active-duty members frequently suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms, substance abuse, depression, and thoughts of suicide. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events. Due to the current climate, many people have been affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many are experiencing symptoms of trauma, including frontline workers, first responders, and families who directly and indirectly faced tragedy and stress.

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genetic predisposition may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.

Our goal is to address veteran health concerns
through various interventions.

Treatment Modalities

Medication Management
Attending physicians collaborate with the client for medication adherence and achieving the patient’s planned therapeutic outcome.

Individual Therapy
The client meets with a therapist on a one-on-one basis for personalized sessions while developing self-awareness, using various treatment techniques, such as breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as addressing feelings of grief and loss.

EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapeutic treatment to assist in integrating traumatic memory with new information.

Group Therapy
Sessions involve one or more therapists working with small groups to assist with developing interpersonal and communication skills, de-escalation techniques, and stress reduction.

Seeking Safety
Seeking Safety is a treatment manual for PTSD and substance abuse, which is used in both group and individual counseling.

Addiction Services
Addiction is a complex disease affecting brain function and behavior. REBT, CBT, 12-Step Facilitation, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) are used to help the client build a solid foundation in recovery.

How to Get Help? Numbers to call.

If in crisis, call 911 or 201.262.4357 (HELP)

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Access Center
800.730.2762

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
800.273.8255

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
800.273.8255

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