Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the biggest issues facing the military community, and a group of health experts recently shed some light on the best course of action to address the condition. Speaking in front of dozens of onlookers, a group of North Carolina doctors said that PTSD can be managed effectively, but there is no cure, reports the Fayetteville Observer.
The discussion surrounding PTSD is particularly relevant in Fayetteville given its large military community thanks to Fort Bragg. While the revelation that there's no cure may seem like bad news, panelists made sure to point to the fact that many of the symptoms of PTSD can be managed with support from the medical community and soldiers' family members.
"Support them," Molly VanDuser, a national certified counselor, told those in attendance. "That way, when (soldiers) get back, you'll have a pulse on them."
Aside from support, there are other ways for troops with PTSD to mitigate their symptoms. For instance, members of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., have turned to a holistic approach that focuses on physical and mental wellness to combat the condition, according to The Leaf Chronicle.