PTSD is now a recognized medical condition, but, it wasnt always so.

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:49 pm | Updated: 10:02 pm, Mon Nov 11, 2013.

What used to be known as shell shock is now recognized medical condition.

Young men and women in our community now have resources at their disposal, but, it wasn't always so.

We caught up with a couple of special veterans at an event hosted by Kobernick Anchin Benderson, a senior living community.

World War II veteran, Sylvan Tanner was in the Navy. He said "I led the first waves in my boat, and then I stayed there to take care of any casualties." He remembered the way the Pacific smelled after a few days. "The odor, it burned my nose, it was terrible, now, you're reminding me of it, but I don't live it."

Len Gumley was a pilot, specially trained to take off in gliders carrying thirteen troops, a pilot and a co-pilot and land behind enemy lines,then join the infantry and fight their way through. "I was a flight officer, we were training to go overseas for D-day when I had a crash on my glider, and I was hurt badly."

He was grounded and says this may be why he is alive. "One third of my class came back from Normandy."

He thinks often of the young men who didn't return, and said the days he volunteered after Pearl Harbor and his time in the service from 1941-1945 shaped his life.

"For a while I was drinking a lot after I crashed." He didn't think there was a problem even though work and relationships suffered. "I realized many years later I was having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Dr. Marvin Hendon, PHD. of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota worked for the Department of Veterans Administrations evaluating and diagnosing PTSD in soldiers returning from war. "If their having nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, if they start retreating and withdrawing from people. Sudden change in their personality and sleep pattern an all be signs of PTSD." He said.

The VA now recognizes, PTSD and its symptoms, so there's more help and community resources available.

Rashid Mahar, M.D. Said "There are now many ways to treat PTSD, with medications, without medications, there could be a holistic approach, there could be psychological help, individual therapies, recreational therapies.'

Both doctors say support may come from the community, and Len Gumley found it with one special person. He married in his thirties and said his wife was a source of comfort.

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1 comment:

  • woundedtimes posted at 5:41 pm on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    woundedtimes Posts: 1

    I have a problem with "now" because it has been researched for over 40 years now. While the VA used the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the 80's the mental health community was using it since the late 70's. Nothing has changed. What worked back then still works and what failed back then, unfortunately, is being repeated and we lose more than will ever be properly accounted for.


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