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These PTSD Treatments Most Troops Would Laugh At Might Actually Work Best

•, Michael Kelley
 Healing touch is non-invasive treatment that involves eliciting the participant's own healing response through placing hands on or near the individual to reduce stress and decrease pain.

Guided imagery uses the imagination to reduce stress and decrease pain through visualization.

The study, published in the September issue of Military Medicine, included 123 returning active-duty Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. from July 2008 to August 2010 who were experiencing PTSD symptoms including re-experiencing of trauma via flashbacks, nightmares, emotional numbness, insomnia, irritability, exaggerated startle response, or avoidance of people or places that remind them of the trauma.

Suicides, often influenced by PTSD, are at the highest rate in 11 years of war and suicides outpaced combat deaths through the first half of the year.
As of Sept. 11 there have been 39 Marines who committed suicide, compared to 32 reported by the Marine Corps in all of 2011.

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