The Pentagon has seen a dramatic increase in the number of soldiers suffering from PTSD and other psychological disorders during and after lengthy deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Defence secretary Robert Gates has said that experiments with alternative medicines and therapies are showing positive results and he is promoting them as possible treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Although therapies such as these are not covered under the military health plan, there is an experimental unit which is treating soldiers with PTSD using these kinds of approaches. Gates has said that because the alternative treatments are achieving such positive results they might be included in the military health plan soon.
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