One moment that will forever stay with me is the time I cared for a soldier who had undergone traumatic events. His older brother was dealing with PTSD, and the family was going through a significant emotional crisis. The parents were understandably worried about their son being exposed to trauma, and we spoke extensively to address their concerns. This experience touched my heart deeply.
In such situations, we use psychoeducation to educate the family about the phenomenon of PTSD and the tools they can use to help themselves and their son. The soldier himself also required assistance, and after a few days of talking with me, he was in a much better state of mind, which brought immense relief.
The most significant challenge I am currently facing is the transition between working with soldiers in the army and returning to other responsibilities at the hospital. Additionally, I am preparing for my final exams in psychiatry, which have been condensed into a very short period due to my reserve duty obligations.
Our current understanding of treating combat stress and trauma is limited by our lack of research on these topics. While our experience in providing support for individuals with long-term trauma is more extensive than our knowledge of immediate care in such cases, this highlights the need for further research on these issues.
If I could improve mental health care for soldiers today, I would prioritize ensuring that mental health services remain accessible to reservists who require ongoing care after being discharged from duty. This would help alleviate some of the challenges faced by families during times of transition.
Despite everything they have gone through, soldiers continue to fight valiantly and maintain their operational focus on completing their missions successfully. However, it’s important to remember that there are real concerns about mental health among commanders and peers alike when it comes to supporting soldiers who are struggling with mental distress after serving so long in combat zones.
I believe that there needs to be more open discussions about the complex situations soldiers face while serving and an increased supply of mental health services to support them throughout their journey home from deployment.
In conclusion, it’s crucial that society recognizes trauma as a national issue and offers acceptance, containment, and assistance to all those who continue to struggle with mental disorders as a result of their service in combat zones.