Good Evening!!! Just another example of man’s inhumanity to other men!! The VA is once again dropping PTSD off the diagnoses of wounds associated with the horrors of War. A couple of weeks ago, the Marine Corps stated that ‘Inner Guilt’ or ‘Moral Injury’ was a Marine’s own personal problem that the Corps should not have to contend with and have to address. Moreover, the Department of the Army, in an unwritten and undocumented order, told the Behavioral Health specialists (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists0 that PTSD was no longer to be diagnosed and only the symptoms associated were to be, such as depression, anxiety, isolation, bipolar disorder, etc.
PTSD is not, nor should have it ever been, linked to psychiatric or mental health issues. It is a learned behavior from being witness to the atrocities of a war, whether deployed or non-deployed, combatant or non-combatant. As stated in an article by the United Nations, ‘psychological trauma is not treatable with the use of prescription pharmaceuticals’. And still the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs use medication as their first line of treatment. When will they ever learn that PTSD does not respond, except for the side effect profile of the drug.
What the question should be is “Why does the VA commission a 5 year study to determine if something works after it has been studied and restudied over a 10 year period?” Is the real reason to keep the doctors and their interns employed for a definite period of time? Or is this just another form of job security??
Why does the VA system exist if not for the benefit of the Veteran and their healthcare? And to be treated like problem children and be denied a good quality of care is not acceptable. I know that for a fact when I was a VA Hospital Pharmacist back in the 1980’s. Not one time is the Veteran asked “What can I do for your today?” It’s more like “What do you want?” If not for the Veteran, there would be no jobs for all of the employees in the hospital or VA system!!!!
Have a great week…..