What happens when Shakespeare meets psychotherapy? In DE-CRUIT, 24 veterans experienced decreased levels of PTSD and depression after participating in the treatment program combining Shakespearean plays and psychotherapy. It seems the rhythmic nature of iambic pentameter along with monologues that match the traumatic experiences of patients together help with the healing process. "Like Claudius, as I humbled my 'stubborn knees' to accept love and assistance while rusted in time and trauma," says Lesnefsky, "my heart's 'strings of steel' began to give way to healing." DE-CRUIT is hoping to extend the treatment program to incarcerated veterans and gradually to all inmates at a local prison.

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