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Medical Marijuana Expert Discusses PTSD and Depression (VIDEO)Bonnie King and Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
The Doc says unlike depression, anguish is very close to what a PTSD sufferer experiences.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King from Salem-News.com discuss a very important subject, that is the connection between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, or a lack of one to be more specific.
The Veterans Administration says PTSD is a form of depression. Dr. Leveque, who has suffered from PTSD since 1945, says that this finding is geared toward saving the VA more money as it continues to delay and deny veteran disability claims; a process all vets don't outlive.
This retired Physician/Professor of Pharmacology, who still works as a Forensic Toxicologist as well as a Salem-News.com Writer, says PTSD leads to Anguish, not depression.
Dr. Leveque says the VA's reasoning amounts to a "wastebasket diagnosis" and he sure might know, having treated over 400 Vietnam Veterans, many PTSD victims among them, during his years as a busy physician.
His recent article, Depression: The Safest Therapy is Cannabis Antidepressant Drugs Sadly Overrated brought this conversation to life a few days ago. Today's interview delves into this argument with some help from a dictionary.
He said that book defined 'Depression' as being, "dejected, dispirited, lowered in vitality or function or inactivity and sad"
He says the dictionary's description of 'Anguish' is, "distress, difficulty, extreme pain, agony, torture and torment". This, Dr. Leveque says, is very close to the feelings a PTSD sufferer experiences.
Dr. Leveque is a WWII Army Combat Infantryman. Watch for his ongoing reports on PTSD and medical marijuana here on Salem-News.com, and send your questions to the email listed below:
Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers. View articles written by Bonnie King
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
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