Veterans Find Creative Ways To Cope With Post traumatic Stress Disorder
Soldiers deployed in war-torn areas are extremely vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even after they leave the military for a quiet civilian life.
A plethora of studies showed that veterans returning from war often found it hard to deal with PTSD. Their exposure to violence made it hard for them to re-adjust to an environment where war is no longer the norm.
For some veterans, coming up with creative new ways to cope with PTSD is quite a challenge. But this did not deter Anthony Coniglio, a former US Marine, from devising tools and working on some helpful techniques that would enable to veterans to re-integrate successfully into the mainstream.
With his keen sense of innovation, Coniglio invented the Floatation Therapy which involves dissolving 800 pounds of Epsom salt in a skin-warm water per session which he claimed could minimize pain, stress, and even sleeping disorders.
"It allows you to get in there for 90 minutes in your own space and it feels like you're in space. It just allows you to dig deep into your mind and either not think about anything or focus on one thing at a time and really dig into it," told Coniglio as quoted saying by Time Warner Cable News.
Other veterans also came up with other novel means of dealing with PTSD.
Richard Jones, a former British serviceman who served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, found beekeeping an excellent tool for helping ex-servicemen like him manage PTSD.
"Beekeeping certainly focuses the mind - especially when the prospect of getting stung is a factor if you handle the bees without thought," exclaimed Jones as mentioned by Wales Online.
PTSD is certainly problematic for veterans and non-veterans alike. For former soldiers, unsavory battlefield experiences eat deep into their everyday lives.
According to Reuters, new study suggests that PTSD may recur even after five years veterans leave active military service. This makes finding ways to cope with PTSD even more imperative.