Injection to treat PTSD

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  1. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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  2. Magna Venari

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    Very interesting indeed. I need to so some more reading. Medical research is also exploring ketamine for PTSD. I know one Veteran who has undergone ketamine therapy. While it helped him, it didn't address the constant wired feeling he had.

    I've worked with a good number of Veterans, teaching them leather working, wood working, sewing or what ever craft they wanted to learn. Most of them have PTSD service dogs, which literally have worked wonders for some of them. It got them out of the house, working again and beginning to function, but some of them are wound so tight that it interferes with everything they do. I eventually rearranged my craft room/workshop so that the benches were facing the window and door with the chairs and stool against the wall.

    Hopefully, this therapy will prove to be more effective for them.
     
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    There was an interesting feature on 60 minutes about this on Sunday. Definitely worth watching. Hopefully this will get more widespread approval.
     
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  5. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    We’ve been using ketamine for about a year for the more extreme cases. However I think we need to keep exploring treatment options that support a return to duty status. Unfortunately, most treatment starts post service obligation.
     
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    I think some of these guys may have been in the first trial runs. This was 2015 - 2017 at Fort Belvoir.

    In time I'm sure they will find treatments that can be started while on active duty, but it can't come soon enough. If treatment was started as soon as symptoms started to present themselves, it would make an enormous difference in the lives of a lot of our service members. Walter Reed has been working on all kinds of pain treatments, I personally feel they should start working on treating PTSD as it happens, not much later.

    Some of the guys swore by a combination of different acupuncture therapies. Some had battlefield acupuncture and went for additional acupuncture treatments. I could tell when they would miss acupuncture appointments, the tension in them was palatable and slowly winding up. I had to pay attention to what I was doing, making no sudden noises or movements because they just went into a heightened alert mode. I just started having all of the folks speak up before turning on power tools, hammering leather or making noise.

    Battlefield acupuncture was helpful when I had some myelin/nerve regeneration going on. I probably would have peeled the skin off my leg and foot without it. That was the worst feeling ever!
     
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  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    BFA is a good adjunct to psychotherapy, but psychotherapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment. Identifying triggers, confrontation of triggers, and desensitization of triggers (prolonged exposure, EMDR, CBT/CPT, etc) will probably remain the clinical practice guidelines of the DoD/VA psychiatric community.
     
  8. Soldiergriz

    Soldiergriz Husband, Dad, Soldier

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    I am not a doctor.

    I have seen doctors off and on for about 12 years for mental health injuries, usually 3 or 4 sit downs at a time...3 or 4 times overall. I have never received medicine. Just talking through my issues. This, coupled with peer interaction has helped me overcome challenges, and improved my resiliency. I have viewed my challenges like a sprained ankle or tendonitis. Have an injury...see a doctor.

    If I could change anything, I would work to keep units together longer after they get home. Soldiers who served together and shared hardships are often the best source of strength for each other. Unfortunately, we tend to break units up when they return and scatter Soldiers across other units.

    I have spent hours with my peers...working through challenges.
     
  9. Capt MJ

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    For my DH, it’s working with horses.
    “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
    - Winston Churchill
     
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  10. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G. 5-Year Member

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    Equine therapy is a valid treatment modality. I’ve seen good results from those posts that are fortunate to have a functioning program.

    Edit: for some reason I’m not getting alerts when people respond to my posts. I’m not MIA, I just don’t know people are sending me messages.
     
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    @Soldiergriz: shared experiences are so powerful- your suggestion has merit.
     
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  12. Old Navy BGO

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    That is an outstanding observation.