With 30,000 more troops scheduled for deployment for Afghanistan, a mission clearly defined and an exit strategy set before the American people, we forge ahead.
And while we could debate the party politics and military merit of the road ahead, it’s the unintended fallout that deserves at least equal time.
More and more, we’re hearing about PTSD and how, when our humanity is dismissed and our core values are violated, we are traumatized.
It’s a story of violence and conflict, whether it is war or genocide or terrorism, it insidiously inches its way into the human condition and survival is beset with trauma. Yes, the names and hotspots can shift, but the impact remains the same, imperiling and fracturing the inner core of what it means to be human.
And that’s why I found this video so compelling with its pictures of PTSD.
We see combat soldiers with heads bowed in anguish, who have survived, but with a sacrifice that asks: What have I become?
As practitioners in mind/body medicine, how do we prepare? How do we treat the trauma of these raw wounds that pierce heart and soul?
We address many of these questions in our treating trauma programs, so check them out.