Because of different disasters that are currently occurring in different countries around the world, those who are affected by the disaster are prone to develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is usually triggered by traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters, conflicts and wars, etc. Whether the person is directly affected or not by these traumatic events, there’s still a chance that he or she may develop PTSD if left unmonitored. Nowadays, PTSD affects people of all ages, from kids and even the elderly.
The good news is, more treatments for PTSD are now being discovered and proven to be effective due to technological advancement. Today, PTSD treatments could also involve things such as computers and gadgets, which make things easier. Other treatment options include an oriental style of treatment that goals to strengthen the patient in terms of mentality and spirituality.
Listed below are some of the new treatments for PTSD:
- Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy – This is an advanced kind of exposure therapy where the patient undergoes a virtual reality simulation. The simulation is usually an exact re-enactment of the patient’s traumatic event where the attending physician examines the person’s behavior and how he or she will deal with the situation. However, just like other kinds of exposure therapy, there’s no guarantee that the doctor will get the desired results in just one take.
- Telehealth Treatment – Telehealth treatment targets patients who have no immediate access to health providers. Reasons could include the location of the patient and the health care provider’s availability. In this case, treatment sessions such as psychoanalysis are usually done via telephone. If in case that personal appearance is needed, the patient will be notified via phone.
- Internet-based PTSD Treatment – The concept is actually same with telehealth therapy. The only difference is that more details can be gathered since the doctor can see the patient’s facial reactions during sessions.
- Yoga Treatment – Being more on the mind health side, Yoga’s goal is to create a balance between the person’s mind and his/her body. Whether you believe it or not, studies have shown that Yoga is successful in reducing and controlling panic and other anxiety disorders that are related to PTSD.
- Acupuncture Treatment – Just like in Yoga, this Oriental medicine is done by inserting needles in energy lines or meridians in a person’s body. Since they believe that every disease is a result of disruption or imbalance of energy flow in a person’s meridian, needles are used in order to correct the imbalance. It is said that the treatment’s results are like those who had undergone behavioral therapy.