'Real Warriors Campaign' seeks to de-stigmatize PTSD

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 25, 2013 2:32 PM
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(Undated) -- June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness month, and the military is pushing service members to seek help for the condition.

The "Real Warriors Campaign" works to remove the stigma often associated with seeking treatment for PTSD or traumatic brain injuries.

Former Army combat medic and reservist Meg Mitcham says she suffered from PTSD while studying at Penn State after two tours in Iraq.

She says some service members may find it hard to get help.

"In the past, there have been barriers to help-seeking behaviors by these men and women. There are stigmas," Mitcham explains. "I know, for example, when I was struggling, I thought that I was going to look weak, I thought that my unit was not going to respect me if I went and got the help that I needed."

The Department of Defense estimates 20 percent of troops returning from combat zones will deal with some form of PTSD.

Meg Mitcham also sat down for an extended interview with the Public Insight Network.

Veterans are being encouraged to share their stories with PIN.

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Comments: 1

  • Daniel Haszard img 2013-06-26 00:02

    Bravo our Veterans!

    Current drug PTSD treatment for Veterans found ineffective.

    Eli Lilly made $70 billion on the Zyprexa franchise.Lilly was fined $1.4 billion for Zyprexa fraud!
    The atypical antipsychotics (Zyprexa,Risperdal,Seroquel) are like a 'synthetic' Thorazine,only they cost ten times more than the old fashioned typical antipsychotics.
    These newer generation drugs still pack their list of side effects like diabetes for the user.All these drugs work as so called 'major tranquilizers'.This can be a contradiction with PTSD suffers as we are hyper vigilant and feel uncomfortable with a drug that puts you to sleep and makes you sluggish.
    That's why drugs like Zyprexa don't work for PTSD survivors like myself.
    -- Daniel Haszard

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