As a journalist, I have witnessed many situations that have left a deep impact on my heart. One such moment was when I came across a soldier who had experienced traumatic events. He had an older brother struggling with PTSD, and the family was going through significant emotional upheaval. The parents were rightfully concerned about their other son being exposed to trauma and reached out to me for guidance.
I spent countless hours speaking with them, trying to understand their concerns and provide them with the necessary resources to help themselves and their son. The experience touched me deeply, and I felt honored to be able to assist them in any way possible.
One of the biggest challenges I face as a psychiatrist is the transition from working with soldiers in the army to returning to other commitments at the hospital. Additionally, I am preparing for a final test of my internship in psychiatry, which has been condensed into an extremely short period due to reserve duty obligations.
Despite our extensive experience in providing care for individuals suffering from long-term trauma, we still do not know enough about treating combat stress and trauma. There is limited research available on this topic, making it difficult for us to develop effective treatments.
If there is one thing I would change about the way mental health services are provided to soldiers today, it would be to ensure that there is consistent access to mental health treatments for reservists who have been discharged and require continued care. This would go a long way towards helping soldiers cope with the mental challenges they may face after serving in combat zones.
Through my work with soldiers over the years, I have learned that commanders and peers are becoming more aware of the importance of mental health support for soldiers. However, this does not detract from their commitment or ability to perform their duties effectively. In fact, it shows that leaders recognize the importance of addressing mental health concerns among troops without compromising their ability to fight or serve their country.
In conclusion, as a society, we must continue to prioritize mental health support for soldiers who may be experiencing trauma or stress as a result of their service. We need more open discussions about these complex issues and an increased supply of mental health services that are accessible and affordable for all individuals who require them.
It’s crucial that we recognize trauma as a national issue and work towards providing acceptance, containment, and assistance to those who need it most. By doing so, we can ensure that our brave men and women receive the support they need when they return home from serving our country so valiantly.