Mental Health Crisis Among The United States Military Population: A classic example of attempting to solve complex human psychic disturbances with junk mental health science
Wisdom and mark of human intelligence is the ability to recognize when old and orthodox ways of solving problems fail to meet the test of time, and have the insight to muster courage to make changes in the right direction. I have been reporting on the fact that the orthodox clinical modalities used in resolving human psychic disturbances among men and women who serve their nations in the military have not proven the test of time. These old ways have proven ineffective. We see evidence of this among veteran population of old wars for example Vietnam, who are still suffering from diagnosed “PTSD” and other multiple complex battlefield induced psychic disturbance (BFIPD). We are now also witnessing even more serious multiple complex issues among this generation of soldiers among which is epidemic of suicide.
Psychological and psychic constitution of today’s generation of soldiers is different in many respects from the generation of their great-grandfathers and grandfathers. The content of collective unconscious of this generation of soldiers is also dramatically unique to their time. Their behavioral response from trauma of the collective unconscious is also uniquely different from the previous generation of soldiers. It is also true that their issues manifest in the most complex manner that defies the orthodox clinical practice of psychology and psychiatry, evidence by extreme high epidemic of suicide among this generation of soldiers and poor response of PTSD to orthodox psychological and psychiatric treatment.
The set of war induced psychic disturbances soldiers of all generations particularly, this generation suffer do not respond to orthodox clinical psychological and psychiatric interventions. These sets of battlefield induced psychic trauma soldiers exposed to battlefield suffer do not respond to chemical intervention (psychiatric medications). Indeed, chemical interventions exacerbate and intensify these human issues. One can make a strong clinical case that many medications used in treating presenting psychic disturbances these solders suffer induce the rising alarming rate of suicide among soldiers.
The other side of the coin is that orthodox schools of psychology and psychiatry do not understand the dynamics of these psychic disturbances and the relationship to the human spirit cognitive functioning. These schools do not teach or train in clinical integration of mind, body, and spirit healing capable of resolving the psychic disturbances many of these solders suffering from. Because of inadequate clinical education and training in this vital area of human crisis, the construct of clinical assessment tools used in assessing psychological disturbances among solders are inadequate and fail to expose these deep-sited troubling psychic disturbances. It is extremely difficult to address clinical human problem with great degree of success when limited understanding of the dynamics of presenting issues is evident. I submit the case that the current clinical tools encapsulated in fundamental orthodox clinical practices are inadequate for the set of presenting psychic disturbances among today’s military population.
The Secretary of Defense and the department has serious responsibilities in eradicating this suicidal cancer that is eating deep into the flesh of men and women who put their lives on the line for the American people. The Defense Secretary has the utmost responsibility to do everything it takes to implement effective clinical healing measures that restore mental health of the nation’s army. If the Department were serious about helping these soldiers, the Defense Secretary and the department would turn every stone and grab every educated clinical healing hand that reach. The Department cannot solve national defense problem of this magnitude by applying old practices that have proven ineffective. This national defense crisis calls for a new clinical healing war plan.
This clinical healing war plan must have comprehensive integrated mind, body, and spirit components. The healing tools this type of human crisis required must start with comprehensive assessment that assess the entire person, and effectively address the root of presenting disturbances these solders suffer. An effective comprehensive assessment tools would isolate biological components of the disturbances induced by battlefield exposure to poisonous chemicals. Any measure less of integrated comprehensive healing is a waste of the nation’s resources and wealth in human lives.
It is still early if the Defense Department starts today to grab all the clinical healing hands that reach for these soldiers’ lives and for their families. Healing of psychic disturbances these solders suffer by serious clinical means is not in the psychiatric medication. Healing is in comprehensive integrated mind, body, spirit clinical healing that addresses the entire person. It is a major loss for our Nation each time a soldier lost a life in suicidal battle. Now is the time to draw an effective war plan to help our nation’s soldiers, strengthen our national defense, and take this battle to the enemy.