Mental Health

Pilot Treatment Programme Set To Help Veterans With Complex PTSD

It will be the world's first pilot scheme of tailored treatment for Complex PTSD.

The world's first pilot treatment programme for veterans suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is set to be launched.

New research shows the majority of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) could be living with a more acute form of the condition.

As a result, experts have warned veterans may not be fully responding to current treatment programmes.

Combat Stress, one of the leading veterans’ mental health charities in the UK, is using the research to see how it can offer more effective treatment to those living with C-PTSD.

Dr Dominic Murphy, head of research at the charity, told Forces News that he believes standard PTSD treatments are not always adequate to meet the "really complex needs of veterans".

"From our own research, about 70% do really, really well 12 months later...but that [other] 30% probably need something a bit different," he said.

The charity will work alongside experts from Edinburgh Napier University to launch the pilot scheme next year.

Combat Stress will be working with experts from Edinburgh Napier University.

Professor Thanos Karatzias said: "What we are doing with this intervention [is] to help someone develop a skillset that, you know, will help them move forward with their symptoms.

"For example, we help them to acquire skills on how to handle their relationships, on how to handle their emotions [and] how to think of themselves in a more functional way and, at the same time, process their memories," he added.

Symptoms of C-PTSD include difficulty in controlling emotions, feelings of shame and guilt, as well as destructive behaviour such as self-harm and substance abuse. 

The pilot scheme is being funded by military charity, Forces in Mind Trust.