Creighton University, in partnership with At Ease, USA, is conducting a clinical trial of a new treatment for combat-related post-traumatic stress. If you or someone you know has served our country since 2003, please encourage them to contact Dr. Amy Brack at 402-280-1229.
June is PTSD awareness month. PTSD can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event such as combat. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma such as upsetting memories, increased jumpiness or trouble sleeping. The reactions can be mild or debilitating to an individual’s life. If the reactions do not go away over time or are disruptive to your life, you may have PTSD.
Take time this month to know and understand the symptoms of PTSD -- reliving the event, avoiding situations that serve as a reminder of the event, negative changes in beliefs and feelings, and hyperarousal.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, take time to learn more about PTSD and resources within the community. Learning about PTSD helps you understand what your loved one is experiencing and how you can assist them.
In addition to the VA, At Ease clinics are located in Bellevue, Lincoln, Grand Island and North Platte. Check out our Centers page to find the At Ease clinic in your community.
Working together, we can reduce the stigma surrounding PTSD and help those who serve our country get the treatment they need to be active and prosperous members of our community.
In 2009, we lost more soldiers to suicide than to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. On average, 18 veterans take their own lives every day because of depression and post traumatic stress. For every service person affected, many more family members and loved ones will also be impacted, directly and indirectly.
Fortunately for Nebraska's military families and their communities, At Ease offers 100% confidential, expert treatment and counseling services for our veterans, active military and their families to fight this disturbing trend. In conjunction with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, At Ease USA is making a difference in the lives of our military families from Omaha to North Platte.
Since its inception, nearly 140 people have been admitted to the At Ease program. Of those 140 clients, 65 have been discharged. We had hoped to see an 80% reduction in symptoms for program participants. In fact, 83% of clients indicated a reduction in symptoms and 96 % of those participants remain free of legal issues, becoming productive citizens in our community.
At Ease USA is committed to treat more clients, and to continually explore new and effective treatments, every year. On behalf of the heroic military families we are honored to serve, thank you very much for your interest.