Minnetonka center supports troops with PTSD

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One in five combat service men and women will develop some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to a Veteran’s Affairs study. The need for trauma treatment is a central focus for tens of millions of combat veterans and for everyone who has been touched by these men and women.

Medication and talk therapy have been standard treatments. Newer options are available that have been documented as effective on PTSD through research studies and testimonials. Those who suffer, however, are often unaware of these options.

These new alternatives are being viewed with optimism. One method, called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), is profiled in the documentary film Operation: Emotional Freedom. Thousands of copies of the film are in circulation worldwide. Many veterans, family members, and practitioners have learned the techniques employed and taught to subjects in the film. What was intended as a video and research study has grown into a movement for learning and change. It has grown beyond an American story, bringing messages of hope, understanding, and healing for veterans, military families, and communities touched by the aftermath of war.

On November 11, communities around the world will pause to honor those who served. Beginning this year, in dozens of cities worldwide, the 11/11 PTSD & Trauma Awareness Day will also take place in multiple locations. Sessions will include presentations on PTSD, along with its treatment and recovery. The interested public, therapists, and officials are invited to help us create greater awareness and support for those affected by war. The multiple award-winning Operation: Emotional Freedom movie will be made available for screenings.

In the Twin Cities, veterans, family members and the general public is invited to attend a special gathering from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at The Center for Harmonious Living, 12201 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN (call 952.938.1929). For more information, contact Valerie Lis at [email protected] or call 763.315.0086.

All are welcome to attend this free event. If you are not a veteran, meet one and say thank you.

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