Saturday, January 21, 2006
First We Maim Your Minds, Then We Dump You. It's Hard Work. Still.
This is a picture of Specialist Doug Barber. He acquired PTSD as a result of his participation in the Iraq War.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an eminently treatable psychiatric condition, one requiring individual therapy once or twice a week until symptoms--hyperarousal (anxiety, panic, hypervigilance, outbursts of rage, irritability, insomnia, etc.); numbing/avoidance; intrusive thoughts (flashbacks, nightmares)--subside. Individualized medication regimes can also be helpful.
Preznit Toad-Exploder's VA knew full well what was wrong with Doug Barber, yet denied him benefits and proper treatment for two years.
In response to this soldier's request for emergency crisis treatment, according to Jay Shaft, the VA gave him a counseling appointment every three months and threw meds at him without proper supervision and follow-up.
On January 18, 2006, Specialist Doug Barber, who had PTSD, an eminently treatable psychiatric condition, committed suicide.
We've previously mentioned the Bush regime's vicious cheapskate policy on PTSD here, here, and here.
Asserting that people with PTSD don't have PTSD, reclassifying diagnoses, stringing patients along on meds only, or groups, or whatever they can get away with--that's how Bubble Boy's VA balances their budgets.
Deny people with PTSD treatment for long enough, they just kill themselves. Saves a bundle, eh?
Sort of like waiting for someone to bleed to death so as not to pay for a surgeon.