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21 April 2012 @ 01:24 pm
I just spent an hour on the Donnie Moses Show on WBOB AM 600 in Jacksonville, FL, with Bill Carter, talking about PTSD. Within a week the podcast should be available at http://www.wbobradio.com/wbob-archives/podcasts/ scroll down to Donnie Moses show and click on today's date, 4/21/12. It looks like they only keep them online for a couple of months. You can either listen or download. Download if you want to keep it. That's what I plan to do and hope to put it on my website.
One guy called in to help us with PTSD by saying it was caused by chemical exposures and if we just read his book and went to these special doctors (because the VA doesn't treat it) we would all be fine. I tried to be polite, but I told him that PTSD is caused by traumatic events, and in soldiers it is caused by hundreds if not thousands of traumatic events. Then Bill, who was a helicopter pilot in the 1st of the 9th Cav, a unit that went looking for bad guys all the time and experienced much trauma, told him an abrupt goodbye. The rest of the broadcast was about PTSD and I got to say most of what I think is important, that it is normal to be affected by what you live through, that the symptoms of PTSD start out as survival skills built into the "reptile brain" which doesn't speak English or tell time, so that part of you does not know it is over, and that avoidance perpetuates it, which is why writing and talking about it help you heal. I also talked a bit about triggers in the family and how we can misunderstand and personalize things which leads to a lot of fighting and disharmony.
I thought it went well.
When I go on the radio or TV, I have a lot I want to say, so I just say it without waiting for questions, because usually the raido personality wants to know how I feel instead of what I know, but Bill Carter asked some good questions and then let me run with it. It was fun.

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Rose Greenolmue on April 21st, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Glad it went well! I think I would be very nervous talking on the radio! But people need to understand PTSD. so good for you!
cmcmck on April 22nd, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
I'm not convinced by the 'chemical exposure and PTSD' argument but I'm damn sure there are other post combat conditions caused by it!
patty1943patty1943 on April 22nd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
I am sure chemical and radiation exposures cause a lot of things, but PTSD is a normal reaction to trauma and the symptoms start out as "reptile brain" based survival skills, which can't be turned off because they are in the part of the brain that doesn't speak English and can't tell time. Unfortunately, what kept you alive can become your biggest problems later. There are treatments that help with symptoms, but further trauma can bring it all back, which means get more help, but if you've been told you are "cured" and it comes back, vets tend to believe they failed, and not seek more help.
cmcmck on April 23rd, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
It's not new either- it's possible to see that dodgy old soldier, Sir John Falstaff as the survivor of one arrow storm too many.......