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From: pazuu@spiritone.com
Sent: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 12:45 PM
Subject: Learn about PTSD because a lot of troops are coming home with it- another generation with PTSD

Facing new challenges of PTSD
As combat veterans seek care, internists need to know how to screen and treat
From the July-August ACP Observer, copyright © 2006 by the American College of Physicians.
By Bonnie Darves
Need for community care
A landmark study published in the July 1, 2004, issue of New England Journal of Medicine found that 28% of returning Iraq War veterans had symptoms often associated with PTSD, depression or generalized anxiety. (When stricter definitions were employed, said psychiatrist Col. Charles Engel, MD, MPH, director of the deployment health clinical center at Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center, that figure dropped to 17%.)
Yet only 26% of study respondents who informally acknowledged mental health symptoms reported receiving formal care. The study also found that a significant number of returning personnel who might benefit from mental health services experienced barriers to care, ranging from a lack of confidence in mental health treatment to personal career concerns and fears of stigmatization.................
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This is why I do it. This is why I, and hundreds of other people, fight every single day to stop this. If they are not diagnosed, it gets worse. The problem is that for even those who do get diagnosed, they don't seek help! This has to end! What is wrong with humanity that they cannot see what is right in the name Post,,,after,,,Traumatic,,,,trauma,,,,Stress,,,,stress? How can there be a stigma attached to this? But there is.

I have been dealing with it for over twenty years. Sure I could have said my husband is in treatment and getting what he needs to get him from one day to the next. I could say that after the years of having to fight for him, I did a good job so time to relax! I can't because I was in those shoes the other families are in. My husband was in those shoes of being diagnosed and shut out of the VA. Those shoes never end up fitting and cause bloody blisters that never heal!

If I can save one life contemplating suicide because of PTSD, I would be happy. If I can stop one family from falling apart because they didn't know what PTSD was or what to do about it, I would be happy. I will not be content until there is no reason to fight at all for what should have been addressed long before now. I don't want to do this. Hell, I don't even get paid for any of it because I give it all away. I want to enjoy what I write. I want to enjoy opening emails knowing there won't be one from someone hurting. I can't. None of those who fight to bring this illness to the point where those who need help get it, will ever stop until it is done.

I don't like spending ten hours a day on line looking at dead bodies, reading about death and destruction. I don't like to focus on what man is capable of doing to man. I don't like having nightmares or waking up in the middle of the night thinking about an email I got from a wife whose husband has just committed suicide. This isn't fun! Any veteran who dismisses PTSD is a bigger problem than the illness itself because they get in the way of treating a war wound. Any "commentator" calling themselves a "reporter" who denies PTSD is real or that the troops are being sent back to war on medication, is killing the troops it is being done to. These people need to finally either become part of the solution or shut up, get out of the way instead of talking about things they have no clue about!

Kathie Costos

Posted by Kathie Costos to NAM GUARDIAN ANGEL at 7/26/2006 05:59:00 PM

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