Friday, June 6, 2014

Dr. Keith Ablow insulting article on PTSD veterans

Returning home from D-Day when PTSD did not exist
By Dr. Keith Ablow
Published June 06, 2014
To do what they did, they had to withstand crashing waves of the fight-or-flight neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine. Yet they ultimately had to control their fears, with millions of neurons in their brains pouring out substantial amounts of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. If their minds were made of muscles, theirs were running the equivalent of a full marathon.

Just because he doesn't know something was going on doesn't mean it wasn't. The government had been doing all sorts of things to WWII veterans.
After WWII, vet endured a life of shell shock
By Elizabeth Shestak
Posted: Monday, Jan. 09, 2012

When Bill Johnson returned from World War II, his family immediately knew there was something different about him.

In letters his mother wrote to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, she spoke of his restlessness, inability to hold a conversation, difficulty making friends, and new behavioral ticks.

"If you could know this boy now and before he went in the service, you couldn't believe it was the same boy. It is hard on me to watch him every day with no improvement. I have hoped so hard," she wrote.

She wrote this in 1950, nearly five years after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving a tour in Italy. His family, namely his mother, spent decades petitioning the U.S. Army to acknowledge the changes in Johnson and claim them as service-related. It seemed simple to them - he was one way before entering the army, and another afterwards, going from "normal" to debilitated and dependent.
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WWII Shell Shock YouTube videos has plenty of videos you can see. Another movie to watch about this is The Best Years of Our Lives from 1946.

My husband's Dad and his uncles fought in WWII. One was killed at the age of 19. Another was on a merchant Marine ship hit by a kamikaze pilot. He ended up with shell shock but back then veterans like him were given a choice. Be institutionalized for the rest of his life or go live on a farm with other veterans. He picked the farm.

My Dad was a Korean veteran but my uncles served in WWII as well. They understood PTSD and combat. The night my Dad met my husband he said, "He seems like a really nice guy but he's got shell shock."

Here is yet one more story to show that Dr. Ablow owes PTSD veterans an apology, but I doubt they'll ever get it.
Report: VA lobotomized 2,000 disturbed veterans
Army Times
December 11, 2013

The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans — and likely hundreds more — during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal.

“They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” Roman Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot, told the newspaper in a report published Wednesday. “To hell with them.”

Tritz said the orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned him to the floor, and he initially fought them off. A few weeks later, just before his 30th birthday, he was lobotomized.

Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals, according to the report.
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  1. Thank you Kathie for constantly being the voice for articles like these. If the VA was a private health care practice they would have been shut down and administrators jailed for what they have done. How much longer much longer...

  2. Lord only knows Jim. We know that it is not one party doing this. All the veterans I talk to say the same thing. The American people are clueless about veterans being used by politicians. It is not an issue of the past 10 years but has happened over generations. Until the public gets that fact, veterans will continue to suffer needlessly.


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