CHICAGO (CBS) — Rush University Medical Center has kicked off a new outpatient program to help veterans dealing with issues associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sarah, an Air Force veteran who served after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been through the new Intensive Outpatient Program offered through the Road Home Program at Rush, and she said it saved her life.READ MORE: Families Fight To Keep Memorial Trees Offered Through Chicago Park District After Being Told Of Golf Course Plans
“It wasn’t just showing up here and doing a little bit of therapy, because it was a lot of therapy,” she said. “PTSD boot camp’s three weeks, and you’re exhausted. You get up and go every day. Therapy, therapy, therapy; but really cool stuff. Some really good yoga and art therapy; a dietician that comes and tells us you don’t have to eat kale every day.”
Dr. Mark Pollack, who chairs the Department of Psychiatry at Rush, said more than 2 million men and women have served overseas since 9/11.READ MORE: Mother Who Heard Shots, Death Of Adam Toledo Shares What She Heard, Neighborhood Insight
“Many of them have come back with difficulties. There’s a third coming back with the so-called ‘invisible wounds of war,’” he said. “Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury.”