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Speaking Out

As institutions promoting mental health, wellness, educational excellence and community involvement, we are working in collaboration to create and sustain a forum through which those affected by PTSD can access tools that promote a more thorough understanding of the illness, to aid in its treatment, and to help soldiers, veterans and civilians alike share their experiences.

Highlands Hospital offers veterans and other sufferers of traumatic stress disorders a culture of compassion, kindness, and gentle holistic healing techniques. Our practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is part of an international group of medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness.  Based on the body’s innate ability to heal itself, the focus of such therapies is on the whole person — physical, emotional, social, and spiritual.  Prevention of illness, like stress disorders and other mental health problems, and the ongoing promotion of a healthy lifestyle are a primary objectives.

The involvement of the scientific community, the faculty and students at Washington & Jefferson College, adds an academic element that helps to create a better comprehension of PTSD by the public and those whose lives are affected by the disorder. By combining Highland Hospital’s expertise and success utilizing CAM with the rigors of scientific research at the nation’s oldest 4-year coed liberal arts college, we are proud to offer a network of support, hope and effective treatment for those suffering from PTSD. By cultivating a better understanding of its causes, symptoms and treatments and by helping people make real connections, this partnership is intended to serve our community with resources that empower, educate and heal.