20% of returning war veterans report PTSD or major depression

Published on June 4, 2010 at 4:47 AM · No Comments

This past Memorial Day honored those Americans who have died in military service including over 4,000 in Iraq and 1,000 fallen soldiers in Afghanistan.  According to the latest Pentagon study, released in April this year, nearly 20 percent—or one in five returning war veterans—reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression.  The study also reports that approximately half of them sought treatment.  

Memorial Day this year not only paid tribute to Americans who have died in military service but also marked final day of Mental Health Month.  Paul Huljich chose that same month to share his own story of struggling with mental illness in order to help others like him.  In Betrayal of Love and Freedom (www.betrayalofloveandfreedom.com), Paul Huljich shows that contracting mental illness conditions such as PTSD do not have to incapacitate you for life.  He believes that—through awareness and 30 day regiment of diet, exercise, sleep and stress reduction techniques—anyone can free themselves from the chains of mental illness.  And moreover rediscover their purpose in life outside of a chemical strait jacket and other consequences that befall the victims of mental illness.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a terrifying or life-threatening event, or a series of events causing extreme levels of stress.  PTSD is a complex anxiety disorder that displays myriad symptoms of depression, aggression and emotional detachment.  Often doctors choose to prescribe a number of given antidepressant drugs to victims of PTSD, including Paxil, Seroquel and Klonopin.  According to Paul Huljich, "[the] taking of these drugs without exploring other healthier, more holistic alternatives is extremely dangerous in the long term.  These drugs only offer a band aid to the time bomb waiting to go off at any second."

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