Veterans say therapy for PTSD isn't enough
CUTTING OUT THE TRAUMA: Alan Ferla, former United States Marine, suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
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#1 Jan 19, 2011
Times are bad, employment slow in the public sector and Veterans disability is good.
It's good more veterans can qualify for PTSD benefits
With veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts arriving home regularly with scars that go beyond the visible, some good news arrived last week.
Noncombat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who earlier had been turned down for benefits found the burden of proof has been lowered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Gone will be the mandate that veterans provide demonstrable evidence they were present when a firefight or other attack occurred -- one that resulted in their disorder. Under supervised care, the veterans -- including those from Vietnam and other conflicts -- will be asked to recall events from their service that resulted in the PTSD.
It's a significant and long-overdue change in policy and one that is necessary in a global climate where the front lines aren't as clear as in the past. The evolving, ever-changing nature of conflict makes the battle stick a little longer than the past and creates invisible trauma that can last for decades.
While some veterans groups would like to see private evaluations given equal gravity as those by VA clinicians, it's clear the VA thinks their psychiatrists and psychologists can shoulder the load. They should be given the benefit of the doubt for now, but it's important the VA analyze the situation carefully and make changes if necessary.
The shift in policy comes with a price tag. VA officials say they haven't estimated how many more veterans may qualify for benefits under the new rules, but with more than 400,000 veterans already claiming the PTSD benefit -- up to $2,700 monthly -- it's expected to be steep. The VA says the increased cost could be saved by saving time in the process.
The move to lower the standard for PTSD cases at VA hospitals across the nation is a good one for those who have served with distinction and honor in some of our most heated conflicts. We hope they find healing in their care.
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#2 Jan 19, 2011
Addicting the GI for profits, power and control?
The Mental Health Military Scam
Baltimore Sun's article by Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman " Policies on mentally troubled troops questioned" is informative to the problems of psychotropic drug usage on the war front.
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#3 Jan 19, 2011
Antidepressants Cause Suicide and Violence in Soldiers
Here are the starting facts: Death by suicide is at record levels in the armed services. Simultaneously the use of antidepressant drugs is also at record levels, including brand names like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro.
According to the army, in 2007 17% of combat troops in Afghanistan were taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills. Inside sources have given me an even bleaker picture: During Vietnam, a mere 1% our troops were taking prescribed psychiatric drugs. By contrast, in the past year one-third of marines in combat zones were taking psychiatric drugs.
Are the pills helping? The army confirms that since 2002 the number of suicide attempts has increased six-fold. And more than 128 soldiers killed themselves last year.
One theory states that the increased prescription of drugs is a response to increased depression among the soldiers. In reality, the use of psychiatric drugs escalates when, and only when, drug companies and their minions target new markets. In this case, the armed services have been pushing drugs as a cheap alternative to taking genuine care of the young men and women in our military. Instead of shortening tours of duty, instead of temporarily removing stressed-out soldiers from combat zones, and instead of providing counseling--the new army policy is to drug the troops.
There are many excellent therapeutic and educational programs for helping soldiers and veterans deal with war-related stresses. I recently addressed a national conference on stress in the military where I learned more about these approaches. I talked with many military officers and healthcare providers who want human services to replace the increasing prescription of psychiatric drugs. Some observed that the drugs often change the personality of the soldiers, making them irritable, edgy, and angry. They fear these drugs many unleash impulsive violence. Meanwhile, because many soldiers don't want to take psychiatric medications, they avoid seeking any kind of help.
It's worth re-emphasizing that used of antidepressants is based more on myth than on science. Here are some proven facts totally at odds with medical propaganda:
First, there is no evidence that antidepressants prevent suicide and a great deal of evidence that they cause it.
Second, antidepressants almost never cure depression and instead they frequently worsen depression.
Third, antidepressants never cure biochemical imbalances. Instead, they always cause them. There are no known biochemical imbalances in the brains of depressed people until they start taking toxic psychiatric drugs and every person who takes one of these drugs end up with a significant biochemical disturbance in the brain. That's how the drugs work--by disrupting normal biochemical processes in the brain.
Fourth, when all antidepressant studies are examined as a group, rather than cherry picked by the drug companies, antidepressants are no better than placebo.
FDA approval for an antidepressant requires that the drug companies produce only two positive clinical trials showing that the drug performs better than a sugar pill. So the drug companies carry out numerous studies using their more reliable paid hacks. Back at company headquarters, they then manipulate the data until they can make two studies look positive. Meanwhile, when all the studies are examined in what's called a meta-analysis, the antidepressants are no better than a sugar pill. And of course, they are extraordinarily more dangerous.
Conclusion? Antidepressants are a hoax--in this case, a hoax that is killing members of our armed services.
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#4 Jan 19, 2011
What about the second amendent?
What about the people that have a gun that you visit or live with that know you can't have a gun..do they violate the law?
Iraq Veteran Stripped of Right To Bear Arms
Sgt. Wayne Irelan re-enlisted in the Army National Guard after September 11th.
He was severely injured in Iraq and awarded the Purple Heart. But now his second amendment rights have been taken away.
"I really feel betrayed," Sgt. Irelan told 5NEWS.
A year ago the Irelan's began receiving a small stipend from Veterans Affairs because Lana had to take over the family's finances.
"How many husbands do you know in America that pay the bills? There's not very many," Lana Irelan told 5NEWS.
The V.A. declared Wayne Irelan incompetent and now his right to own a gun is gone.
"It's wrong. Laws need to be changed. They need to look at individuals and not stereotype them as some sort of mad man," Sgt. Irelan said.
Irelan has post traumatic stress disorder from the Iraq war, but his wife says he has never been violent. Lana Irelan told 5NEWS his diagnosis is not a legitimate reason for his gun rights to be taken away.
"I was there when they gave him his purple heart for fighting for that right to bear arms, and they are stripping it away," Lana said, her eyes tearing up.
The couple didn't know Wayne's gun rights had been terminated until they went to get a gun out of pawn. Days later Wayne got a letter from the Arkansas State Police saying his concealed carry permit had been revoked. The ATF has told the Irelans that they could go to jail if a firearm is found in their home.
The Irelans say they will fight not only for Wayne's rights but for veterans and all Americans to ensure their constitutional rights.
Although not yet familiar with the Irelans' situation, Congressman John Boozman called this an injustice and promised to look into it.
"I'm very upset and will do all I can do to make sure that people with PTSD diagnosis will continue to enjoy their second amendment rights," Boozman told 5NEWS Friday afternoon.
The Irelan's have filed an appeal with the V.A. and vow to fight. Lana Irelan says she will do whatever it takes within the law to get Sgt. Irelan's gun rights restored--from contacting congressmen to telling their story via local and national media.
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#5 Jan 19, 2011
What about your kids?
Military kids taking more psychiatric drugs
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#6 Jan 19, 2011
Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says (Update1)
By Avram Goldstein - May 5, 2008 14:15 EDT
May 5 (Bloomberg)-- The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said.
Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven't provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Washington.
Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment. About 1.6 million U.S. troops have fought in the two wars since October 2001, the report said. About 4,560 soldiers had died in the conflicts as of today, the Defense Department reported on its Web site.
Based on those figures and established suicide rates for similar patients who commonly develop substance abuse and other complications of post-traumatic stress disorder,``it's quite possible that the suicides and psychiatric mortality of this war could trump the combat deaths,'' Insel said.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, is the failure to cope after a major shock, such as an auto accident, a rape or combat, Insel said. PTSD may remain dormant for months or years before it surfaces, and in about 10 percent of cases people never recover, he said.
Difficult to Predict
``We don't yet know how to predict who is going to be the person to be most concerned about,'' Insel said.
The Pentagon didn't dispute Insel's remark.
``The department takes the issue of suicide very seriously, and one suicide is too many,'' said spokeswoman Cynthia Smith in an e-mail.
The department has expanded efforts to encourage soldiers and veterans not to feel stigmatized if they seek mental health treatment, Smith said.
Soldiers who'd been exposed to combat trauma were the most likely to suffer from depression or PTSD, the Rand report said. About 53 percent of soldiers with those conditions sought treatment during the past year. Half of those who got care were judged by Rand researchers to have received inadequate treatment.
Failure to adequately treat the mental and neurological problems of returning soldiers can cause a chain of negative events in the lives of affected veterans, the researchers said. About 300,000 soldiers suffer from depression or PTSD, the report said.
Researchers aren't sure whether it's appropriate to treat such patients with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of medications that include Prozac, and other anti- depressants, Insel said. His institute is examining that question and novel treatments for PTSD, including using so-called virtual reality technology.
The psychiatric association reported last week that a survey of 191 military members and their spouses found 32 percent said their duty hurt their mental health, and six in 10 believed seeking treatment would damage their careers.
More than 15,000 psychiatrists are attending the professional group's meeting.
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#7 Jan 19, 2011
Death, violence, erratic behavior and the suicide by mind drugs
#8 Jan 19, 2011
Are Veterans Being Given Deadly Cocktails to Treat PTSD?
A potentially deadly drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been linked to the deaths of soldiers returning from war.
#9 Jan 19, 2011
Tide of new PTSD cases raises fears of fraud
Some veterans have learned to game the system to get disability payments
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#10 Oct 7, 2011
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments should be consulted with a professional thus you should talk to your doctor about this. Watch out for taking antidepressant drugs such as Paxil because numerous reports from users and clinical results show that this drug causes harmful and even life-altering side effects such as suicide, birth defects, hallucination, sexual dysfunction, sleeping and eating disorders, abnormal personality changes and physical pain among others. The website http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com can provide you more information and better understanding on this.
#11 Oct 7, 2011
This is a OLD post and NEW information is out on PTSD!!
Post was from Jan 2011 almost a year now WHY drag up old post?
new info is posted daily....
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