ATLANTA – Former Army staff sergeant Carrie Smith had been dealing with rage for years, a byproduct of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she suffered from after serving in Iraq. But thanks to the treatment she received at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, she says PTSD no longer controls her life.
“This program was a blessing for me, because it was the only catalyst that broke my rage,” says Smith. “Emory was vital in my recovery.”
Emory’s Veterans Program offers comprehensive care and treatment for post-9/11 veterans combining behavioral health care, including psychiatry, psychology and neurology, with rehabilitative medicine, wellness, and family support. Smith took part in the comprehensive, two-week intensive outpatient treatment program that aims to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, while helping veterans re-engage in daily life and promoting physical and mental health and wellness.
The program is a member of Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network, a national network of academic medical center partners committed to connecting veterans and their families with timely, effective mental health care. As part of the network, Emory is able to offer this care to qualified veterans at no cost. Other academic medical center partners include, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and UCLA Health.
"This program is truly an innovation in veteran health care to help heal the invisible wounds of war,” says program director Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.
In addition to PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Emory’s Veterans Program also treats military sexual trauma survivors with PTSD.
Patients in the program have access to a wide range of services, from the Emory Sleep Center to help address sleep problems, to a physical rehabilitation suite for those who suffer from traumatic brain injury, to various recreational activities to build coping and relationship skills. Patients may also use virtual reality exposure therapy as part of the treatment.
For more information on the Emory Healthcare Veterans program, visit http://emoryhealthcare.org/veterans or call 1-888-514-5345. For information on other centers in the Warrior Care Network, visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/warrior-care-network