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Alternative methods available to treat growing PTSD problem

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - As PTSD continues to grow, therapists are looking at new ways to treat the problem.

According to the PTSD Foundation of America, 1 in 3 returning soldiers are being diagnosed with some form of PTSD, but less than 40 percent will seek help.

Since 2006, 1,100 veterans have committed suicide, leading many to look for ways to better treat PTSD.

Carrie Thigpen has been helping people with PTSD for 10 years at her Greenville clinic, Composure Therapy.

Rather then using medications, Thigpen tries a more holistic approach. Her treatments range from aroma therapy to meditation.

"I treat the whole person," Thigpen said. "It's not just about his signs or symptoms, it's about everything that's going on with the client. Anything from family, work, how it affects all aspects of their life."

Denice Freeman suffered from PTSD, and used to treat it as a nurse. She says she applied the same type of treatment that she herself used.

It's called the Wellness Recovery Action plan, and it targets triggers of PTSD. The purpose is for someone to recognize what triggers their PTSD and learn alternative ways to handle it.

For more information on help available from those suffering from PTSD, click the links below.

http://www.ncoperationrecovery.org/training-and-resources/

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD.asp

http://composuretherapy.com/
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