Dr. Allen Brown en US Military Veterans, Communications and journalism, Social Work President • Flash Back Academy 8/11/2018 · 1 min de lectura · +500

12 Killed by Veteran Soldier (Who Will Take The Blame?)

12 Killed by Veteran Soldier (Who Will Take The Blame?)

Here in the US today one of our veterans snapped and killed 12 citizens. I believe there is enough blame to go around. But that won't solve anything by point at each other. Because right now there are families who have lost love ones. We as citizens should morn with the family. But while morning we should begin to take accountability for our actions or lack there of. 

Here in America when we enlist into the military we prepare. However we do not give the same type of attention to those returning home and until we do there will be more shootings like the one today. 

In the past, post-traumatic stress disorder was known as "shell shock" or "combat stress." Cases of this particular anxiety disorder have been documented as far back as World War I. Those involved in armed conflict or caught in a natural disaster are most susceptible to its ravages, although any severe trauma -- a rape, assault, molestation, incest, physical abuse, or a natural disaster -- can trigger symptoms as well. Indeed, any event or situation that inspires fear, helplessness, and threat of annihilation can lead to the development of PTSD.

Generally, these symptoms include recurrent recollections or dreams about war, flashbacks that cause you to relive various traumas, and avoidance of any reminders of combat. The condition can also result in emotional numbing (diminished responsiveness to the world around you), intense distress when confronted with reminders of battle, and hyperarousal, a feeling of frequently being on edge and on the alert for new threats.

Take a moment to listen to my radio broadcast as I attempt to provide a perspective that may or may be shared among my readers. Click here: Veteran Kills 12 Citizens

Edward Lewellen 11/11/2018 · #1

@Dr. Allen Brown, thanks for sharing this post. I've personally worked with both military and civilian PTSD. I've researched it extensively. My personal opinion is that the current methodologies used by the VA, psychologists, therapists, etc. are extremely inadequate. Some, again my opinion from my research and experience, are counterproductive. Specifically, the Virtual Reality method where they have the people relive their experience over and over again to supposedly become calloused to the event. This is what people with PTSD already do! And, this actually contributes to deepening the PTSD. It's Hebbian Learning.

There are methods that help increase GABA, which allows the PTSD patient to lower their response to the event(s) and even to remove the emotional impact of the event(s). But, because they're outside of traditional treatment, they're not seriously considered, even with scientific data to support them.

As you stated, there is enough blame to go around. However, if I were to point to the one I think has to assume the bulk of the blame, then it's the psychological community because of their ego, believing their answers are the only answers. They place their ego over the health of the PTSD victims, their families, and their communities.

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