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Posted on Jan 17, 2020
Chris Meek
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I relive that every night.
The last thing I need to do is get in a VR system to relive it consciously.

I know these people mean well, and wish them luck in helping others that might benefit from this kind of thing.
But hard pass from me.
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SSgt Richard Kensinger
SSgt Richard Kensinger
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MAJ Byron O. - I and other clinicians have done it. Internalizing all the raw feeling never works. Achieving a degree of relief can prevent suicide which we know is quite high in combat vets. And of the 20 a day who kill themselves, 14 are not being followed by a VAC. So engagement is vital.
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MAJ Jack Horn, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, CCTP, CCTP-II, CCFP, CDBT
MAJ Jack Horn, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, CCTP, CCTP-II, CCFP, CDBT
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I have found, as a practicing trauma therapist, that the skillful use of clinical hypnosis is at least as effective as VR and has less retraumatizing potential. There are things a skilled therapist can do with a veteran while in trance that are difficult to impossible to do with other approaches. I am trained in a number of trauma treatment approaches, to include EMDR, but I have found that nothing approaches the level of success I get with hypnosis, even when only used in conjunction with another treatment modality. My Current caseload includes veterans as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement; first responders; and their families (e.g. couples/marital counseling). Just my two cents worth based solely on my own clinical experience and observations.
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SSG Terry O'Donal
SSG Terry O'Donal
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I deal with nightmares almost every night and that is enough reality therapy for me. I already turned this down at my local VA clinic. Now all they want to do is drug me to sleep every night. To which I also said no thank you. I am coming to the belief that for some of us who have multiple traumatic events in our military careers the VA does not offer a cure only reactionary drug treatment for the symptoms.
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SSG Terry O'Donal - Unfortunately, I agree with you.
I think the best choice is to find others who understand.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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They don't as far as I know have a program for what caused my PTSD.
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SSgt Richard Kensinger
SSgt Richard Kensinger
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Perhaps if you desire, I can help you figure this out based on my clinical experience. You can reach me " [login to see] ". And it won't cost you a penny. I offer clinical consultation to vets as far back as Korea. It is my commitment to all who served and those who never made it home alive from Vietnam.
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SGT Everett M. Cheney
SGT Everett M. Cheney
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With you brother . I had a counselor tell me she couldn’t help me . I stared into her face and agreed, “you’re right you can’t “. Then I searched and found an amazing doc that could and he helped me help myself and I truly believe he enabled me to save myself . Never stop fighting to be better to be whole, you’re worth it .
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CSM Thomas Ray
CSM Thomas Ray
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For those of us that have suffered from PTSD, even before it was recognized, some have figured out some of the triggers and learned to live with it with help from alcohol and drugs. As someone said : If you want to interview Viet Nam vets with undiagnosed PTSD, go to the prisons or homeless shelters.
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Maj Kim P.
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Chris Meek perhaps for the young troops who grew up with technology... For me personally, I’ll pass.
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