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There's a major breakthrough in treatment for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

One Florida researcher is seeing success with her patients and plans to share the new therapy with members of the military across the country.

As us soldiers return home from active duty, many can't leave behind images of war atrocities that remain trapped in their mind minds in what's known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"I wouldn't leave the house never leave my house, I was afraid I was going to get shot in a regular parking lot or in a Walmart," Veteran Josh Thomas said.

In an educational video Thomas says no therapy or medication could wipe away the fear panic and depression he lived with everyday - until he met a woman who turned his life around with a treatment known as Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or A-R-T.

"This is a real game changer. There are people out there really suffering, there are families suffering. The suicide rate is climbing," said Dr. Carrier Elk at her office at M.A.T.T.E.R.S. headquarters.

M.A.T.T.E.R.S. stands for Military Associated Trauma Treatment Education and Research Services.

Dr. Elk describes A-R-T as a psycho therapy which focuses on rapid eye movement and the memory system, and works without a patient re-living their trauma. "In my opinion in my experience working with military members prevents them from seeking treatment because they didn't want to tell someone what they did or what they saw."

Dr. Elk started seeing the promising results as a co-investigator in two smaller scale studies- which is how Josh and his mom found out about the new treatment option... And it worked in just two sessions.

"It was like he had a sigh of relief and it was like part of my son was back. My son was there. He was funny. He could laugh again and he could sleep and he was going places. He was going to the movies and he was testing himself and the things he could do," Josh's mom said.

Being part of an educational film is proof that Josh has come along way while he still deals with a brain injury. His dark days of depression are gone.

'M.A.T.T.E.R.S.' is a non profit organization and they are still conducting research before the treatment is available nation-wide.

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