Sunday, April 10, 2011

A New Tool To Help The Veteran

The most common affliction combat veterans return home with is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). Clinicians are finding new ways to treat those suffering from PTSD. This is a way to get treatment to those that are leery about seeking treatment in a mental health facility. If you think you may be suffering with this disease do not suffer in silence. Contact the web address in this article to get the help you deserve.  theblogmeister

 More than 2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. According to RAND Corp. statistics, about 360,000 will suffer from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One of the particularly heinous consequences of PTSD is it makes people lose trust in institutions set up to support them. They've seen so much and they've lost so much, they don't trust anyone but those who were in the trenches with them.

That's where the Internet comes in. We started as a community to help warriors and families support each other as they deal with life after war. To serve the community, we layer in services such as online support groups and online education. These services create the trust we need to persuade warriors and their families to seek our in-person services.

For National Guardsmen and women, the Internet is their life support when they return back to their local communities, where few people can understand what they've been through and how to help.

Through our online portal, Not Alone is helping military families, warriors and veterans heal from devastating psychological and emotional traumas including PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol and drug addiction. Without immediate access to behavioral health services, these traumas can have disastrous effects on warriors, their families and communities.

There are many examples of Nashville companies using the Internet to create health-care communities. Specialists on Call goes right into homes and delivers all sorts of therapies using video and other Internet-enabled technologies.

Healthways runs QuitNet, the world's largest online smoking-cessation program, where it has helped people save more than $3.8 billion by stopping smoking. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center allows patients to chat with their doctors, check lab results and pay bills online. In addition, using digital technology, Vanderbilt compiles all patient information for all doctors in one location, improving diagnosis and treatment. Using such instant compilation of all diagnostic information in the hospital wards is already saving more lives.

There are challenges, of course, with realizing the full potential of the Internet to create health-care communities, save lives and deliver therapy. The biggest hurdle for many entrepreneurs is persuading insurance companies to pay for services delivered over the Internet.

With its cost savings, easy access and community forming potential, it's only a matter of time before online therapy is accepted as the preferred mode of treatment for many health problems.

If you would like to learn more about how Internet communities enhance real-world communities, especially in health care, then please attend "Building Community Through Technology,'' the third in a four-part speaker series on Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age, moderated by former Federal Communications Commissioner Debi Taylor Tate at 7 p.m. April 12 at Lipscomb University's Ezell Center.

In addition to Not Alone and Vanderbilt, this session will also provide information about the Oasis Digital Connectors, which trains at-risk youth to become Internet teachers for the elderly and Now Playing Nashville, a city-wide events calendar designed to enhance awareness of the arts community in Nashville.

Please, take advantage of the opportunity and get whatever help you need. I want to tell all the returning veterans that we, as a nation, are proud of your sacrifice and sevice.                         theblogmeister

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