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PTSD and Pernicious, Pusillanimous Prejudice PropagandaDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
One doctor with heavy influence seems to think PTSD Victims get over it “in a few years”. I just read of a U.S. Ranger, at Point du Hoc on D-Day in 1944, who STILL HAS PTSD.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Many of my readers know that I research my articles either/or in Merck Manual or my computer. I’m obsessive-compulsive about it. I recently posted PTSD & THE VA GOON COPS illegally spying on the PTSD Victim Veterans on salem-news.com July 14, 2009. The subject from website headlines were:
VA PRESUMES ALL VETERANS ARE DISHONORABLE
VA POLICE GOONS HACK MEDICAL FILES AND SEEK JAIL TIME FOR PTSD VETS
The reference for this article is Dr. Sally Satel of the American Enterprise Institute who pretends she knows “something” about PTSD, Veterans and successful medical treatment. She is misinformed and/or wrong on all counts and I will relay to the reader where she is wrong.
Her original sortie into the ignorance of PTSD Veterans was to a Congressional Committee hearing March 11, 2004. She does say at the start that PTSD “is a real and painful condition”.
With maybe 400,000 or more vets in this condition. She is correct. She doesn’t give the figures for Vietnam but she says 15% of Vets were in combat units. Actually less than one in ten were Combat Infantry.
As a former Combat Infantryman, anybody who was in the “front lines” probably has some degree of PTSD. Which is on a scale of 1 to 10 (one being slight, ten being severe “basket case”).
She quotes NVVRS (National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study) which stated that 31% of soldiers sent to Vietnam, over 1,000,000, “succumbed” to PTSD after their return.
She decries these figures but all of Vietnam was a combat zone and further that many were sent to field hospitals for “substance abuse” and behavioral problems unrelated to battle.
It is known that Infantry soldiers were given medicine which usually had intolerable adverse effects and they found cannabis was much better. They were probably drinking a lot of “hooch” on their “off” hours.
She doesn’t seem to know the difference between immediate acute battle terrors and PTSD. The P stands for POST or after. In WWII Bomber crews were given beaucoup booze to drink immediately after bombing missions – IT HELPED!!
She seems to think PTSD Victims get over it “in a few years”. I just read of a U.S. Ranger, at Point du Hoc on D-Day in 1944, who STILL HAS PTSD. I do myself and my experience was nothing like the Rangers who had extremely excessive casualties.
She says PTSD symptoms develop within a few days and in 2/3 of the sufferers fade within a year. She compares this to the Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. This was a one-time affair and has nothing to do with perpetual daily terror stress of combat. Low level or short time stress has no comparison to constant repeated combat stress.
Another factor she doesn’t consider is that PTSD is rarely DEPRESSION. It is somewhere between ANGUISH, the futility of it all, extreme FEAR and DISGUST. Why am I not being given the support, food, water, cigarettes, ammunition, etc, etc, etc?? Besides that “my LUCK is running out”.
She seems to think that telling PTSD Vets “to get over it” will help.
Well even the VA says their medical treatment is a failure and many PTSD Vets become alcoholics and die or find any kind of drug they can get their hands on to kill the demons in their heads.
Another factor neither she nor the VA seems to know is that PTSD is based on FRIGHTFUL MEMORIES mixed in with PLEASANT MEMORIES.
The bad ones are worse with no good way to eradicate the bad ones. See my salem-news.com articles PTSD and the VA Goon Cops: Triple Jeopardy and Deadly Danger (7/14/09) and PTSD Therapists: Amateur, Charlatans or Outright Frauds (2/19/09).
I’VE JUST STARTED ON DR. SALLY SATEL. I HOPE YOU GET THE IDEA.
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