In a February 19th, 2010, article by Chaplain Kathie Costos, she states “Denying PTSD does not heal it.” Kostos knows well of where she speaks, for she has been married to a Vietnam veteran for many years. She works with combat veterans and their families, and knows how severe their problems are. I subscibe to her wonderful blog, “Wounded Times” and continually learn from her.
This was her response to the recent news from Dr. Karen Seal, of the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Centre, that only 10% of returning combat veterans are completing the recommended 10-12 weekly sessions prescribed for those who have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“Fewer than 10%? The program is there. They were diagnosed. So what’s the problem? Is it that the program is not what they are looking for? Is it because they want to just get over it on their own? As if that worked before …PTSD gets worse without treatment. They can try to cover it up with alcohol and street drugs all they want, but that is just covering it up, not healing it, and as a matter of fact, making their lives worse.
Their answer is to self-medicate more, latch onto the latest bright idea they have of making themselves happy and then finding out none of that is working either. They are in such denial that they think they are not going down the same road the veterans before them did when there were plenty of excuses to hide behind. After all, very little was being done to help them heal before the Gulf War. Even now with a history of suffering needlessly, they still try to ‘get over it’ and get on with their lives. Continue reading 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Only Gets Worse Without Treatment'»