One moment that will forever be etched in my memory is when a soldier who had been exposed to traumatic events came to me for help. His older brother was struggling with PTSD, and the family was going through a significant emotional upheaval. The parents were understandably concerned about another son being exposed to traumatic events, and I spoke with them numerous times to address their concerns. The relationship with the family touched my heart deeply.
In such situations, we use a method of psychoeducation to explain to the family about the phenomenon of PTSD and the tools they can use to help themselves and their son. The soldier himself also needed assistance, and after a few days of talking with me, he was in a better condition, which was a huge relief.
The most significant challenge I am currently facing is the sharp transition between the intensity of working with soldiers in the army and returning to other commitments at the hospital. I am also preparing for a final test of my internship in psychiatry, which has been compressed into a very short period due to reserve duty.
It has become evident that we do not know enough about treating combat stress and trauma. Our experience in providing assistance to people who have experienced long-term trauma is much greater than our knowledge of providing first aid in such cases, as research is scarce.
If I could improve something in the way mental assistance is administered to soldiers today, it would be to ensure that the availability of mental health treatments remains consistent, especially for reservists who are discharged and need continued care.
After such a long period of fighting, I have learned that there is a real concern for the mental health of soldiers among their commanders and peers. However, this does not detract from their fighting spirit or operational activity.
I believe there is room for more open discussions about the complex situations soldiers go through and an increased supply of mental health services. It’s important to remember that when a person is recruited into the reserves, their entire family undergoes a significant transition, which can affect their mental well-being.
In conclusion, it’s crucial for society as a whole to acknowledge that trauma is not only an individual issue but also affects families and communities. We must offer acceptance