Post-Traumatic Stress Growth [Tedeschi (UNCC) and McNally (Harvard)]
a. Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) has become far better known during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars due largely to the violent outbreaks of soldiers after returning from harm’s way. It’s apparent that the scars of the battlefield linger on after the physical wounds heal.
b. Studies of Vietnam prisoners of war show that 61% actually grew from the experience. Witness Senator John McCain, whose relentless torture and eventual survival and thriving are now well documented. The basis of this model is teaching soldiers how to assess what happened to them, anxiety reduction, self disclosure, and creating a trauma narrative to help them realize what helped them succeed and will help them going forward.