Dr. Aviv Avni recounts a significant moment in his care of a soldier who was exposed to traumatic sights and had an older brother with PTSD. The soldier’s family experienced significant emotional upheaval as a result. Dr. Avni spent a lot of time talking with the family and empathizing with their concerns, as the family’s well-being was very important to him.
The doctor explains that they work with a method of psychoeducation to educate families about trauma and provide them with tools to help them support their loved ones. They encountered the challenge of a sharp transition between the intensity of the soldiers in the army and returning to their normal responsibilities. This has been a particular challenge as Dr. Avni prepares for an important test that will determine whether he receives his specialty in psychiatry.
In terms of mental health care for soldiers, Dr. Avni believes that there is still much to learn and improve upon. He emphasizes the importance of continued mental health care for soldiers post-discharge and the need to identify and assist those who continue to suffer from mental disorders. He also emphasizes the impact of the soldiers’ experiences on their families and the importance of supporting them as well.
Dr. Avni believes that it is important to speak more openly about mental health difficulties and psychiatric illnesses, and that the public should work to increase the availability of mental health services both in the short and long term. He also highlights the need to provide families with support during their loved ones’ deployment, acknowledging the disruption it causes to their lives.
In conclusion, Dr. Avni emphasizes that trauma is a national situation that affects many families. He encourages understanding and support for those who have been through difficult experiences, and the importance of finding ways to cope and heal.