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    Jul 2009

    OR - Jose Ceja Medina, 32, shot to death, John Day, 16 Aug 2008


    "One of the first Iraq veterans in the U.S. -- and the first in Oregon -- to successfully claim post-traumatic stress disorder as a defense for murder was sentenced to the Oregon State Hospital on Monday instead of a nationally recognized veterans treatment center."

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    Interesting article I ran across -- it claims that PTSD is treatable, but in the Oregonlive link, it says "there is no specific PTSD treatment at the state hospital."


    I think the U.S. needs to get prepared to treat these soldiers & abuse victims.
    What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
    ~~ Mother Theresa ~~

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  3. #3
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    Sep 2009
    Speaking from personal experience, with my son-in-law, I can tell you that at this time, the US Army treats PTSD with drugs. Sleeping pills, anti depresents, anti anxiety drugs and more! This usually causes headaches, so they also end up on topamax for migraines. It takes a long period of time, and multiple instances of issues/problems, before they will even be sent to any type of counseling. The army, alone, is not prepared to deal with the number of soldiers affected, the treatments they need, or the long term effects, that are at this time still unknown. The solution for my son in law (who will be getting a purple heart, is to medically release him from the army.

    I have often wondered why it seems as if todays soldiers seem to be having more problems then veterans in the past, but I think the times are just more open now and people are not as afraid to talk about their feelings. This is, in my opinion a good thing. The question is, how do we take a person that has seen, done, been exposed to things that no human being should ever have to deal with, bring them back into main stream society and help them function normally again?

    The army doesn't have an answer and the soldiers and their families are paying the ultimate price. The vietnam era veterans I know still have anger about agent orange issues. It seems to me that PTSD will be an even larger problem in our future. Please pray for our veterans and their families!

  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    A few months ago, I read an article concerning a new development in the treatment of PTSD. The drug, Inderal (a Beta-blocker), was mentioned which caught my attention. One of our kids who was raped was taking Inderal at the time of the rape due to a serious tremor (he was prenatally exposed to crack cocaine). His rape, at age 8, was very violent and painful. However, he has gone on to be a healthy and social young adult--even student body president of his high school. He's talked to me about the rape and says he remembers it vividly but really never thinks about it nor has triggers.

    Then, we also have his birth-brother, who is one year younger, same drug exposure. His rape, at age 7, was also very traumatic and painful. He was taking another drug, Clonodine (Catapres), which is used off-label for children with behavior issues. This son, an amazingly gifted athlete and who is also highly social, has severe and often crippling PTSD. He has psychogenic seizures, flash backs, fugue states, "sightings", nightmares, etc. EMDR helped but not much. He just can't seem to get past his abuse.

    Now that this info has come out, I've often wondered if the Inderal made the difference. It scares me, though, that we could get to a point as a society where we would prophylactically treat soldiers with an anti-PTSD drug. That seems frightening. I do agree, though, that PTSD is treatable. It takes years, though, and a single med and a couple of sessions of therapy are not going to cut it. We can't fail these vets like we did those returning from past wars.


    "As with most anxiety disorders, a combination of psychotherapy and medication is usually felt to be the most effective treatment strategy for PTSD. Types of psychotherapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization) and Exposure therapy. Medications include antidepressants like Lexapro etc. (Escitalopram), Paxil etc. (Paroxetine) and Wellbutrin etc. (Bupropion). One fascinating topic of research is in the use of a beta-blocker medication like Inderal etc. (Propranolol) for PTSD, Specifically, some researchers believe that in the moments following a traumatic event, the brain is flooded with excess adrenaline and noradrenaline and that this makes PTSD memories much more potent, Beta-blockers like Inderal block these neurotransmitters, and thus could blunt the ability of the brain to create the disturbing memory."

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