Veterans and PTSD

Veterans and PTSD: Deel Behavioral Health’s Specialized Support

In a world where brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, the scars of battle aren’t always visible. Veterans often return from service with experiences that can lead to a silent struggle: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At Deel Behavioral Health, we understand the unique challenges veterans face, and we’re here to provide specialized support tailored to their needs.

Understanding PTSD in Veterans

PTSD Defined

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. Among veterans, the exposure to combat situations can lead to PTSD. It’s important to understand that PTSD can manifest in various ways, including flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.

Prevalence among Veterans

PTSD is a significant concern for veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 11-20% of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from PTSD in a given year. This statistic underscores the importance of addressing this issue.

Causes and Triggers

Combat exposure, witnessing traumatic events, and the strain of military life are common causes of PTSD among veterans. These experiences can lead to emotional and psychological distress. Triggers for veterans may include loud noises, crowded places, or even certain smells that remind them of their time in service.

Long-Term Effects

Left untreated, PTSD can have severe long-term effects. Veterans with untreated PTSD may experience chronic depression, increased risk of substance abuse, difficulties in relationships, and a diminished overall quality of life.

The Unique Challenges Faced by Veterans

Seeking Support

Veterans often face unique challenges when seeking mental health support. The military culture sometimes discourages discussing mental health issues, which can lead to veterans feeling reluctant to seek help. Stigma can be a significant barrier.

Military Culture

The military culture places a high value on strength and resilience. While these traits are essential for service members, they can also create an environment where discussing vulnerabilities is less common. As a result, veterans may feel isolated in their struggles with PTSD.

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Deel Behavioral Health's Approach

At Deel Behavioral Health, we are committed to addressing the mental health needs of veterans. Our approach is built on a foundation of understanding and tailored support.

Specialized Support Services

We recognize that veterans have unique needs, so we offer specialized support services designed specifically for them. Our team of experts includes therapists, counselors, and peer support specialists who are well-versed in the challenges veterans face.

Holistic Approach

 We take a holistic approach to PTSD treatment. This means addressing not only the symptoms of PTSD but also the underlying causes and co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse or depression. Our goal is to help veterans achieve overall well-being.

Specialized Therapies for Veterans

Evidence-Based Therapies: Deel Behavioral Health employs evidence-based therapies to help veterans manage their PTSD. Two such therapies include:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly effective therapy that helps veterans identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. It empowers them to develop coping strategies for PTSD symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapy designed to help veterans process traumatic memories and reduce their emotional impact. It often leads to significant symptom reduction.

Benefits of Therapy

Therapy can help veterans regain control of their lives, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve their overall quality of life. By addressing the root causes of PTSD and teaching coping mechanisms, veterans can experience positive, lasting change.

Resources for Veterans and Their Families

We understand that support is essential beyond our doors. Here are some valuable resources for veterans and their families:

Overcoming Barriers to Seeking Help

We know that seeking help can be a daunting step. Here’s how veterans can overcome common barriers:

  • Confidentiality and Trust: Our services are confidential, and our team is dedicated to earning veterans’ trust. We prioritize your privacy and well-being.


Deel Behavioral Health is committed to being a beacon of hope for veterans struggling with PTSD. Our specialized support services, evidence-based therapies, and caring team are here to guide veterans toward healing and recovery.
If you or a loved one is a veteran facing the challenges of PTSD, please reach out to us. Together, we can embark on a journey toward a brighter future.


Yes, it is relatively common. Approximately 11-20% of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan experience PTSD in a given year. However, PTSD can affect veterans from any era.

Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, irritability, hypervigilance, and avoidance of triggers related to traumatic experiences.

Offer support, encourage them to seek professional help, and educate yourself about PTSD. Understand that recovery is a process that requires patience and understanding.

Yes, treatment can be highly effective. Evidence-based therapies like CBT and EMDR have proven successful in reducing symptoms and improving veterans’ quality of life.

While we specialize in supporting veterans, our services are available to anyone in need of mental health support.


  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is a comprehensive resource for veterans’ health and well-being, including information on PTSD, treatment options, and support services.
  • National Center for PTSD
    The National Center for PTSD is a branch of the VA that focuses specifically on PTSD research and treatment. Their website offers extensive information on PTSD, its effects, and available treatments.
  • Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
    While not a government website, the Wounded Warrior Project is a vital organization dedicated to supporting veterans. Their website provides resources, programs, and assistance for veterans dealing with PTSD and related challenges.

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