Veterans Family Wellness series addresses PTSD and Pharmacological Intervention tonight
Welcome Home Vets will conclude its fall quarter Veterans Family Wellness Program at 6 p.m. today with “Medications and PTSD,” a 90-minute interactive discussion that will focus on medications used in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, a mental health condition that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD estimates affects seven to eight percent of people who are exposed to a life-threatening event, such as military combat, sexual assault, a terrorist act or serious accident.
Welcome Home Vets Executive Director Gary Brown will discuss antidepressant medications that compensate for physiological changes in the brain caused by prolonged stress and, as such, can be used to relieve some of the debilitating physical and psychological symptoms associated with PTSD, which can include nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, feeling emotionally numb, depression, and problems of memory and cognition. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to a host of problems, including substance abuse, difficulties in social and family life, occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting. A retired psychiatric nurse who also served in the United States Air Force, Brown will also identify other potentially useful medications, such as antipsychotics and beta blockers, which work on other aspects of brain chemistry.
The winter quarter series of classes will begin Nov. 18 when the Veterans Family Wellness Program will once again present Part 1: “Military Culture and the Warrior Spirit,” which will focus on challenges veterans and their families face on return to civilian life. “Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military-Related Psychological Trauma” (Nov. 25) will look at signature injuries of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Alcohol, Drugs and Codependency” (Dec. 2), will examine chemical dependency and addictions that afflict veterans and their families of all service eras. “Medications and PTSD” (Dec. 16) will discuss medications used to treat PTSD, as there is, as yet, no cure. Classes need not be taken in any order, and the public may attend at any time. For more details, see “Community Education” at http://www.welcomehomevets.org.
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