외상 후 스트레스장애 병사들을 위한 목회적 돌봄에 관한 연구 A Study on the Pastoral Care for Military Members Who are Experi
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition often triggered by a series of terrifying incidents — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts of terrified experiences. PTSD is a very uncomfortable experience and an unstable state of physical and mental sufferings. Serving as a US military chaplain since 1999 I have seen many soldiers going through PTSD especially following the deployment. For the veterans and active duty military troops who experience PTSD receive a limited support from the US government and the VA, but the majority of assistance comes from several organizations with large numbers of troops. Those who experience PTSD live in a mentally disable condition. If they are left unattended without an appropriate care and treatment, the study shows that the percentage of suicide and homicide possibilities increases. This thesis focuses on the changes, since 9-11 terrorist attack, of how the post-traumatic stress disorder affected the numbers of American soldiers and how its aftermath has brought a negative result to their colleagues and families. In order to address solutions to the problem, I have suggested a few ways to approach PTSD soldiers with pastoral care along with family remedies. Not in the least, a clinical healing, psychotherapy, medication and psychological treatment should be made in a given circumstances, while education and professional counseling are accompanied. In addition to the integrated treatment of family, community, and church, I have discussed that they must continue the support and be participated in the various programs for their spiritual healings as well.