PTSD cases greater than Camp Pendleton’s count

By: DONALD P. BENTLEY – Commentary

On July 15, your paper ran an article titled, “Pendleton reports dropoff in PTSD” (post-traumatic stress disorder). The Pentagon report indicating that up to one-third of Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan may be affected is definitely more accurate than the Pendleton figure of less than 1 percent.

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Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 10:41 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hello,

    There is a very interesting blog entry that you will be interested in. It is written by Peter Sheehy, Ph.D. It discusses post traumatic stress disorder and the military’s lack of support for its soldiers.

    The title of the entry is “A Debt that Haunts”. The link is:
    http://nyemergencymedicine.blogspot.com/2007/08/column-by-peter-sheehy-but-my-dear-man.html

    Here is an excerpt:
    “During his second night in Iraq in October of 2003, Sergeant Andreas Pogany witnessed an Iraqi man cut in half by a machine gun. Pogany vomited, shook for hours, and by his own confession, “couldn’t function.” Despite Pogany’s insistence that he was having panic attacks, he was denied proper therapeutic care and was eventually sent home. Before long, Pogany faced court-martial for cowardice, a charge the military had not pursued since the Vietnam war, and one that carries a maximum sentence of death.”

    Thank you,
    Adam Rosh, MD
    NYU/Bellevue Hospital


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