NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It is likely one of the nice unseen wounds many fight veterans cope with, a wound with no scar however an enduring impact.
It’s PTSD, post-traumatic stress dysfunction. For years, it was the nice undiagnosed, denied, and stigmatized impact of warfare.
In the Civil War, the illness was often known as soldier’s coronary heart. In World War I, it was known as shell shock. In World War II and Vietnam, it was referred to as battle fatigue.
It was through the first Gulf War that the signs acquired a brand new identify– post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
“A lot of people around the country are recognizing that it is a condition of combat, but it is not a condition of combat. It is a condition of trauma,” defined Dr. John Jackson, who heads the PTSD therapy division on the Nashville veterans hospital.
And fight is trauma. Dr. Jackson says post-traumatic stress dysfunction has been part of fight since warfare existed.
“PTSD is a sneaky disease. The change occurs over time, and a lot of folks with it don’t recognize it, and they feel like people are treating them differently, and they don’t realize it is because they are acting differently,” he defined to News 2.
And the numbers are staggering. According to the National Center for PTSD, a 3rd of all who served in Vietnam suffered from post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
Twelve p.c of those that served within the first Gulf War and between 11 to 20 p.c of those that served in Iraq and Afghanistan will develop PTSD.
Dr. Jackson says there are indicators to search for.
“We see a lot of loss of family, we see a lot of use of substance, alcohol and drugs and things like that we worry about. It is kind of difficult to work,” he mentioned.
The excellent news is that new protocols for treating PTSD work. Dr. Jackson says therapy is past a lifetime of mood-altering medication.
“But the best treatment for PTSD really is therapy. I tell all of my patients we are going to get you on some meds, and think of that as the cast, and the therapy is going to be the healing. We are going to cut the cast off if we get you better,” he instructed News 2. “I don’t want someone on medication the rest of their life if we can avoid it.”
Dr. Jackson says there ought to be no disgrace; PTSD is an sickness to be acknowledged, identified and handled efficiently.
“We get people in here, we work hard, and we see a lot of improvement. Whatever we do, the plea here is if you are watching this with PTSD or with a family member, get them into the VA,” he added.
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