Leaving PTSD untreated.

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  1. With the kind permission of the gent who sent this e-mail to me I would like you all to read it as a lesson to you all who may develop PTSD.
    This man has had to deal with his trauma in silence for over fourty six years. Please do not do the same, if you have PTSD it can now be treated very effectively.

    At this moment in time many men will be living with PTSD there is light and there is hope and you can get better from this terrible unseen injury.
    Spread the word and best wishes to you all,
    Andy Gregory.

    This is a message submitted through the Defence in Mind website (http://www.defenceinmind.co.uk). The sender, David Bloomfield, sent the following message:

    Dear Mr Gregory,

    I have just ordered your book 'Defence in Mind' with the hope that it will help me come to terms with my debilitating illness, PTSD.

    In 1960 whilst returning from RAF service in the Far East, the aircraft I was in got into difficulties during a night flight and we crashed into the Indian Ocean. As a very young man at the time, just 20 years of age, the experience was awsome and terrifying.

    I have lived with the inner fear of that night every day now for 46 years and the nightmares and flashbacks are as clear now and as regular as the very first occasion.

    My whole family have suffered with me due to mood swings etc and how do you tell a growing child the reasons for not going on trips and holidays with mum and dad like their friends enjoy? Fortunately they are all married now and have been made aware of the illness their dad has suffered all these years.

    I am in my late 60's now, but I have not given up the fight for a 'normal' existance.

    This was a peacetime accurrance so I can well imagine the suffering that combat troops must endure, and my heart weeps for them.

    Yours sincerely,

    David Bloomfield
  2. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    It is a worthy and valid point highlighting PTSD and encouraging people not to hide the symptoms.

    But do you have to keep spamming about your book whilst doing it?
    It is getting rather boring.
  3. Spamming no I won't keep on, yet my point's on PTSd -I will keep mentioning while I feel it is still taboo.
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Perhaps the problem is really the lack of recognition from sufferers themselves that they have the condition.
    I'm constantly reminded by my ex coy clerk that it affected me (not always badly) in more ways than I care to credit it. Service that is not PTSD!
  5. You've written a book but you don't know when you should and shouldn't use an apostrophe?

    I'm a PTSD sufferer btw and I don't advise anyone to read your book. I advise them to go and see their GP and once diagnosed to speak to Combat Stress who are there, non-profit making, to ensure that soldiers with mental problems get proper treatment.
  6. PTSD is very real and I have seen a few of my former colleagues suffer from this.

    The BBC will be screening a documentary about PTSD in the not too distant future. There's no official date yet but its coming.


  7. The real problem with a regular GP Gdav is that not all of them can recognise the symptoms of PTSD because they are rarely if ever presented with patients who are suffering from PTSD. This is a fact born from my own experience and the experience of friends of mine.

    They do help you if you have some idea of your own condition. Sounds strange yet it is very true. if you can tell them that you think you may have PTSD then you should get the help you need. But if you do not know what is wrong then you may be stuck in limbo land.

    My book gives the facts on this condition and how it can be avoided in the first place. There are also many links to help from other agencies and yes Combat stress details are also in my book. the main issue is to realise that PTSD is an injury. PTSD is Biologically different from all other mental illness.
  8. I'm going to tell you something mate - and if you are a PTSD sufferer then you will know why I am saying it.

    Self diagnosis is no good. You must report to your GP and ask for a referral. You cannot get onto the system unless you do. Once the diagnosis is confirmed by your GP any serving or ex-soldier gets fast tracked for preferential treatment and care.

    You will not get this by reading a book. All you get from reading a book is the satisfaction of knowing that you've put money in the author's pocket.

    There is no other way. YOU MUST REPORT TO YOUR GP.

  9. With all due respect to you dude read this quote today on an arrse post:Military doctors have told The Daily Telegraph of the "absolute scandal" of soldiers having to wait for treatment while a fully equipped military hospital lies virtually empty.
  10. With all due respect to you mate. I've been through it and I know what the correct advice is.

    You punting a book isn't going to help anyone.

    Anyone suffering from PTSD needs to see their GP. Only a GP can start the process.
  11. Guys, with the greatest respect to everyone, GDav is absolutely right.

    I have no wish to take anything away from anyone who can highlite mental disabilities like PTSD. Reading about anything you feel you may be suffering from is a wonderful aid to recovery but only as a part of a full programme.

    My advice to anyone suffering from any mentaly related problem is first of all to understand that the brain is a physical part of your body just as your arms, legs, balls etc. Therefore it is not in anyway an embarrasing situation to find yourself in to be suffering. Secondly, if you feel you are suffering from PTSD think about your future as a pyramid if you like, go straight to the very top of all knowledge then over time broaden the base and introduce books, discussion forums etc etc. Until you have seen a specialist you can not identify what you are suffering from and by leaping in to some book you may end up doing more harm than good.

    Contact Combat Stress. That is what they are there for and they are the speciaists in dealing with mental disabilities as a result of time in the services. Get on the phone, chat to them, follow their advice and you are on the road to recovery from one phone call. They, and ONLY they are in a position to take you forward. the quicker you make that call to the top people the quicker you will appreciate the benefits.....Good luck fellas.
  12. A friend of mine was diagnosed as having PTSD by a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist. His employers pushed as hard as they could to have the diagnosis modified to depression, because they feared he might sue them if it emerged that the condition was as a result of his employment (which it most certainly was). The result was that the PTSD went untreated.

    It's a terrible condition to have, not least because it affects those who live with or have frequent contact with the owner.
  13. Combat Stress can't help you officially until you've been diagnosed but they can talk you through the process and get you in the system - then they step in and really help.

    Quite often though seratonin replacement is an immediate and effective way of controlling the conditon. Just one wee tablet per night and all of a sudden you're human again.

    It doesn't stop the dreams or flashbacks but it really, really helps.
  14. Eagle1,

    I just had a read of your website and I notice all the different types "psychology training", you have. To me it sounds like you have just covered the core modules required for BPS graduate recognition.

    What level of study have you studied at? Do you have BPS recognition? Are you a BPS Charted Psychologist? Do you have any papers published in peer reviewed journals?
  15. Can I just stick my tuppenyworth in?

    I agree - reading a book on PTSD is not going to help.

    The best research evidence at the moment seems to indicate that Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy focused upon the trauma, it's aftermath and your current symptoms is the best way forward.

    Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) or any other antidepressant will treat your depression but not your PTSD, specific treatment is required for this.

    PTSD can be effectively treated if you get help from a qualified and experienced CBT practitioner.