The Development Of An Integrated Treatment For Veterans With Comorbid Chronic Pain

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The Development of an Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Comorbid Chronic Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Theoretical Framework Research has observed military personnel and veterans physical and psychological problems individually and mutually. The combination of chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by veterans has left those individuals with intense pain, distress, restricted lifestyles, and disability. The problem lies within the veterans who are suffering from chronic pain and PTSD. Veterans experience a diminished quality life and are in constant physical and psychological pain. This qualitative study uses a descriptive design, along with a phenomenological method, by integrating treatment…show more content…
During the first session clinicians educate participants on chronic pain and PTSD. In this first session participants are asked to generate three reasonable goals they desire to achieve through therapy. Weekly goal completion is examined before each session occurs. The second session is where clinicians guide participants in making sense of the chronic pain and PTSD they have endured. The third session allows participants to discuss their thoughts and feelings towards their understanding of chronic pain and PTSD. The fourth session clinicians employ cognitive reconstructing by identifying negative thoughts and giving participants the opportunity to change these thoughts into positive ones. The fifth session involves participants learning diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. The sixth session, clinicians discuss avoidance and implement interoceptive exposure. The seventh session involves participants finding pleasant activities to enjoy. The eighth session is dedicated to education on sleep hygiene. The ninth session works with veterans safety and trust issues. The tenth session is where veterans learn about their own power, control, and anger. The eleventh session works on veteran’s esteem and intimacy. The final session is reserved for relapse prevention and planning for the future. Clinicians administered a pre and post treatment assessments as follows: The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS), PTSD Checklist
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