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PTSD DA (Wing it)

PTSD DA (Wing it)

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PTSD Linear DA 
Bringing troops home without an adequate solution for PTSD willhave dangerous effectspsychologically.
Dangerous Drugs for Combat Soldiers: Zombies on the Attack,
Dr. Phil
forensictoxicologist and Univ. of Londonprofessor of pharmacology, Salem-News.com,
March 28, 2010,
I am not guessing about this stuff. I have frontline combat induced PTSDmyself and I have been giventhese drugs by the VA doctors. The adverse effects are AWFUL. In addition, Ihave taken medical of about 1000 PTSD Veterans from all wars since WWII. They not only have rejected VA prescribedanti-depressants but have taken up alcohol which though ultimately moredangerous at least is morepreferable to them than the hated, repulsive anti-depressants.
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 A. Current medical infrastructure is inadequate to meet veterans mentalhealthcare needs
The New York Times – 2006
(The New York Times, “For Some, The War Won't End,” lexis) A September report by the Government Accountability Office found that officials at six of seven
Veterans Affairs medicalfacilities surveyed said they ''may not be able to meet'' increased demand for treatment of post-
traumatic stress disorder .
Officers who served in Iraq say the unrelenting tension of the counterinsurgency will producethat demand.''In the urban terrain, the enemy is everywhere, across the street, in that window, up that alley,'' said Paul
, who servedas a
platoon leader with the Florida Army National Guard
for 10 months, going on hundreds of combat patrolsaround Baghdad. ''It's a fishbowl. You never feel safe. You never relax.''In his platoon of 38 people, 8 were divorced while in Iraq or since they returned in February, Mr. Rieckhoff said. One man in his120-person company killed himself after coming home.''Too many guys are drinking,'' said Mr. Rieckhoff, who started the group Operation Truth to support the troops. ''A lot have a hardtime finding a job
I think the system is vastly under-prepared for the flood of mental health
Capt. Tim Wilson, an Army chaplain serving outside Mosul, said he counseled 8 to 10 soldiers a week for combat stress. Captain Wilson said he was impressed with the resilience of his 700-strong battalion but added that fierce battles have produced turbulentemotions.
*****B. Soldiers returning home will face inadequate space andmedical care
PTSD Support 2010
Congress recently voted to send $87 billion to Iraq, money that will be used to buildeverything from roads to power plants to hospitals. Yet while Congress appears ready torubber-stamp unlimited monies for nation building in Iraq, thousands of our own soldiers athome are languishing with substandard medical care. You may have read about conditionsat Fort Stewart, Georgia, where hundreds of injured reserve and National Guard soldiers are
housed in deplorable conditions and forced to wait months just to see a doctor. Thesesoldiers made huge sacrifices, leaving their families and jobs to fight in Iraq.
Now theyfind themselves living in hot, crowded, unsanitary barracks and waiting far toolong to see overworked doctors. This is hardly the heroes' welcome they mighthave expected
Only an exposé in a major newspaper brought attention to their plight,prompting an embarrassed Defense department to rush additional doctors to the base.Many of these men and women expressed shock at their treatment. They assumed woundedsoldiers returning from Iraq would receive priority treatment, given the "support the troops"rhetoric coming from Washington. Their complaints went ignored, however, until the mediabecame involved.
Similar mistreatment of soldiers has been evident throughout ouroccupation of Iraq.
Some wounded soldiers convalescing at Walter Reed hospital inWashington were forced to pay for hospital meals from their own pockets! Other soldiersreturning stateside for a two-week liberty had to buy their own airfare home from the eastcoast. Still others have paid for desert boots, night vision goggles, and other militarynecessities with personal funds. It's shocking that our troops are forced to pay for basicitems that should be supplied to them or paid from the defense budget. Perhaps the mostshameful mistreatment of our veterans is in the area of concurrent receipt benefits. Existingfederal rules force disabled veterans to give up their military retirement pay in order toreceive VA disability benefits. This means every VA disability dollar paid to a veteran isdeducted from his retirement pay, effectively creating a "disabled veterans tax." No othergroup of federal employees is subject to this unfair standard; in every other case disabilitypay is viewed as distinct from standard retirement pay.For years veterans have fought for concurrent receipt benefits to no avail. Last weekCongress finally passed a very limited concurrent receipt law, but the change is unlikely tosatisfy those disabled veterans who need benefits the most. Under the new partialconcurrent receipt bill, only those veterans in essence deemed "disabled enough" willqualify; this means roughly two-thirds of disabled veterans will not receive concurrentreceipt benefits at all. Even severely disabled veterans who do qualify may never enjoy theirlong-sought relief, because the bill passed by Congress takes ten years to phase in. Howsad that some disabled soldiers will die in the next decade without seeing a penny of theirconcurrent receipt benefits. Members of our armed forces deserve more than platitudeswhen they return from foreign wars with illnesses or disabilities. Unfortunately, the trust oursoldiers place in the federal government to provide for their health care has been breachedtime and time again. Last week's partial grant of concurrent receipt benefits will provewoefully inadequate for most of our disabled veterans, veterans who could be well-servedwith just a fraction of the billions Congress gave away in Iraq.
We Isolate 3 impact scenarios for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Impact 1: Lack of treatment causes PTSD to worsen
MayoClinic 2010
Post-traumatic stress disorder can disrupt your whole life: your job, your relationships andeven your enjoyment of everyday activities. Having PTSD also may place you at a higherrisk of other mental health problems, including: depression, drug abuse, alcohol abuse,
eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and actions. In addition, studies of war veterans havedemonstrated a link between PTSD and the development of medical illnesses, including:cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritisand thyroid disease, musculoskeletal conditions. More research is needed to understand therelationship between PTSD and physical health problems
****Impact 2:
PTSD leads to domestic violence
, PhD, About.com, 2008, Accessed July 8,
, ME“PTSD and Domestic Violence” http://ptsd.about.com/od/infoforfriendsfamily/a/PTSDViolence.htm
There is a relationship between the experience of a traumatic event,
PTSD and domestic violence . In fact, intimate partner abuse happens more than you may think. Nationalestimates indicate that, in a period of one year, 8 to 21% of people in a seriousrelationship will have engaged in some kind of violent act aimed at an intimate partner.People who have experienced a traumatic event or have PTSD may be particularly at risk for the perpetration of relationship violence.Trauma, PTSD, and Relationship Violence Separate from PTSD, a connection has beenfound between the experience of traumatic events and relationship violence. Inparticular, men and women who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, oremotional neglect in childhood are more likely to be abusive in intimate relationships ascompared to people without a history of childhood trauma. In addition,
people with
PTSD have also been found to be more likely to be aggressive and engage in intimate
partner abuse than people without a PTSD diagnosis. The connection between PTSDand violence has been found for both men and women with PTSD. How Are They Related? Several studies have been conducted in an attempt to better understand whatmay lead people with a history of trauma or PTSD to engage in aggressive and violent behaviors. In studies of U.S. veterans, it has found that depression played a role inaggression among people with PTSD. People who have both depression and PTSD may experience more feelings of anger and, therefore, may have greater difficultiescontrolling it. In line with this, a couple of studies have found that violent and aggressive behavior, especially among men, may be used as a way of attempting to manageunpleasant feelings. Aggressive behavior may be a way of releasing tension associated with other unpleasant emotions stemming from a traumatic event, such as shame, guilt,or anxiety. While aggressive and hostile behavior may temporarily reduce tension, it, of course, is ineffective in the long-run -- both in regard to relationships and dealing withunpleasant emotions. What Can Be Done?
Mental health professionals have long
recognized that trauma and PTSD increase risk for aggression . Therefore, many treatments for PTSD also incorporate anger management skills. Learning more effective ways of coping with stress is a major part of reducing aggressive tendencies, such asdeep breathing and identifying the short- and long-term negative and positiveconsequences of different behaviors.

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