Posted by Michael Putzel • November 10, 2015
Among the most frustrating aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the poor recovery rate of those who suffer, often for years or even decades.
The Department of Veterans Affairs–VA–has approved several methods of treating the stubborn, disabling psychological and physiological symptoms of the usually invisible war wound, but none of the various tactics has proven particularly effective.
The journal Pharmacy & Therapeutics has reported that nearly nine out of ten veterans treated for PTSD are given one or more drugs in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, better known by brand names such as Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft.
A wide array of those and other prescription drugs are frequently tried in combination “cocktails” because symptoms and results vary widely. Antidepressants and antianxiety medications may be used along with antipsychotics, painkillers, sleeping pills, stimulants […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • October 30, 2015
Robert Howard II was four years old when an American commander in Vietnam wrote him a letter telling him his father had died bravely in battle. The boy’s father had been a hometown sports hero, and the son grew up trying to emulate a man he never really knew.
As an adolescent, Robert II turned bitter and self-destructive, using illegal drugs to ease the pain and anger he blamed on having lost the hero father who left only a shadow that seemed to follow the young man everywhere. The boy was destined for disaster. In fact, a drug-induced seizure nearly killed him two days shy of the twentieth anniversary of his father’s death on Hamburger Hill.
Robert Howard II signing copies of a book that includes his story of growing up without a father
The angry […] READ MORE