Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD has only recently been officially acknowledged as a disorder. The Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs were, surprisingly, two of the initial organizations to recognize PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. There was a lot of institutional resistance to this official recognition of course. How A Team Of Elite Doctors Changed The Military’s Stance On Brain Trauma tells the story of a team of doctors and scientist from DoD who began real research into brain injuries from explosions. This research was not on those caught in the actual explosion, but those exposed to the shockwave the were nearby. They found that there were a lot of undiagnosed brain injuries that could only be seen on MRIs. As we learn more about TBI and PTSD we find that there are close ties between the two. All of the research is very important because so many people, especially veterans, suffer from PTSD. Now that we have reached the point where the medical and psychiatric communities recognize PTSD and TBI it is important that research into these problems is expanded.
Scientists find possible PTSD relief in retooled muscle relaxant may be a big step forward into this research. Researchers have found that there is very possibly a physical component to PTSD and we know that there is a physical component to TBI. What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological? talks about some of these discoveries which could make so much difference to those suffering from PTSD and TBI. When you have the opportunity please talk to people, even write your representatives, about supporting this research.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treatable. Organizations like Save A Warrior and Saratoga Warhorse are making great strides in helping treat PTSD. I’ve heard such great stories from veterans who have received treatment as part of these programs. I think we all need to encourage these and similar programs because they can literally make a difference between life and death for those suffering from PTSD.
We have also seen many veterans and others suffering from PTSD being helped by Service Animals and there is even a smart watch app, myBivy. We are seeing many cases of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations with veterans being turned away because they have service animals, mostly dogs. That is not legal, however it can only be resolved through a law suit at this point. There are some organizations that help deal with these issues pro bono. Here in Maryland veterans can call Maryland Legal Aid to get help with these types of issues as well as others. For those in other states just google pro bono legal aid for veterans.
Remember, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be treated. Please reach out. We’ve got your six!