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The War Brain

By Eileen Bona

Dreamcatcher Nature-Assisted Therapy Association

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Abstract

This article discusses the impact of exposure to war zones on the human brain and compares it to the survival instincts of horses which are "prey animals"  who depend on their primal instincts for survival. The article attempts to relabel the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sometimes found in military veteran personnel, as "normal" considering the fact that they have been in survival mode for extended periods of time. The article briefly highlights the research that has been done in the United States to support working with horses and dogs as effective therapeutic mediums to help veterans who may be suffering the effects of being at war. It queries why there is not more research being done in Canada and specifically speaks to the fact that there are programs in the Province of Alberta that are working effectively with horses and dogs to help people who have traumatic histories and exhibit symptoms of PTSD.

Date 2012
Translated Title The War Brain
Publication Title Psymposium
Publisher The Psychologists Association of Alberta
Location of Publication Unit 103, 1207 - 91 Street SW Edmonton, Alberta T6X 1E9
Language English
Author Address 53044 RR 213 Ardrossan, Alberta T8G 2C4
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Dogs
  3. Farms
  4. Health
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. Nature
  8. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  9. veterans