In just simply sent them home. Until recently

In the TED Talk “We train soldiers for war. Let’s train them to come home too” the psychologist, Hector Garcia, talks about how soldiers go to war and come back with the disorder  called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and don’t get the help to treat it. Garcia begins talking about Carlos, the Vietnam Marine and his story of how he got PTSD. He gives a little background on Carlos history in the Marine. Carlos volunteered for three tours and got shot in every one, but sadly medically retired due to having so much shrapnel in his body. After Carlos retirement he suffered nightmares, extreme anxiety in public, isolation and depression for 42 years. That’s when Garcia decided to become psychologist to help stop human suffering  caused by PTSD. Science back then was not able to help cure PTSD, because the lack of science doctors had to put the soldiers in heavy drugs, hospitalized them, and sometimes just simply sent them home. Until recently scientist did not just find a way to treat it but to eliminated from there lives so they can live in peace, but something they noticed was that a lot of the treatments were the same training principles the military uses. Garcia says that “Because while our warriors spend countless hours training for war, we’ve only recently come to understand that many require training on how to return to civilian life” (3:40-3:55). Right here is saying that the treatments require repetition the same way they do it in the military. He also says that he never tells veterans to turn off caution completely, because not everywhere is safe to do it. In conclusion Garcia says the best way to end human suffering  is not to send them to war, but the world hasn’t got there yet, but there could be less people suffering if they start training them to come back home without PTSD (Garcia). Hector Garcia gives a lot of information of how PTSD is caused and how it could be treated/cured. He does use a great example by bringing up a veteran he personally help treat PTSD. Also talks about some ways to treat it and make it go away slowly, but also get rid of it to the point that the veterans can live their normal lives. There is some things that he could have talked about. The veterans that get the disorder nowadays it can be a little easier to control and help them not suffer for a long time. The story that Garcia talked about was a really good idea, because it gave us the audience a good and clear point of view of what PTSD really means and what it does to the people in the military. He clearly tells us the symptoms of Carlos and how it was taking over his life, because he could not even be in public without panicking. Garcia also tells us how the veterans lived like a double life when he says ” I’ve spoken with veterans who’ve told me that one day they’re in a brutal firefight in Afghanistan where they saw canage and death, and just three days later, they found themselves toting an ice chest to their kids soccer game” (3:15-3:35).  After that he tells us how soldiers are training hours to be ready for war, but don’t get trained to go home. In the past scientist could not figure out a treatment to help veterans with PTSD and make them stop suffering. Garcia tells us the first step to treat PTSD is cognitive therapy this means that it helps the brain think about things differently. The soldiers were always on the lookout and always prepared for war they were never calm. So doctors would tell the veterans lower there caution but never turn it off completely because that’s they were trained for. If they keep practicing they will get use to it and that will help them stick to those habits of not being on full caution. Second step to treat would be exposure therapy this is like putting them out there in the public like if they were in the field in the military training.  He gives an example of it actally working because he says ” And what’s amazing to me is that after 43 years of suffering, it took 10 weeks of intense training to get his life back” (8:50-9:05).