Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Soldier Who Killed 16 Afghans Would have been Reviewed by Military Psychiatrist. Are Psychotropic Drugs to Blame for PTSD?

There should have been many signals for some period of time that this soldier was possible cracking under stress on the frontline. Every Soldiers commander is supposed to know what their soldiers are doing, and how they are feeling and operating while on the frontlines. We will be surprised if there wasn't some kind of psychiatrist involved with this soldier. Also it is likely psychotropic drugs may have been administered and or a combination of recreational drugs or alcohol abuse. If a soldier is considered to be PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) they are giving an SSRI Antidepressant such as Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Luvox, and Zoloft.
These PTSD soldiers are also given morphine and other painkillers as physical pain is associated with PTSD according to psychiatrists who push these drugs. They are also at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse.

The soldier had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma Washington, a large military installation. There are reports from last month that Army officials indicated a forensic psychiatric review process at the base's Madigan Army Medical Center was itself being reviewed. In December 2010, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper said the facility had gained a reputation as "the most troubled base in the military." It also reported that year that multiple investigations were under way into the conduct of troops at the base and the mental health and medical care soldiers were receiving upon their return home.

So Madigan Army Medical Center maybe under further investigation as psychiatry should be. The only remedy that psychiatry can muster is take this pill, and if that doesn’t work take this one. If you can’t sleep because of these pills then take a few of these other pills. Just give the patient as many pills as we can bill for and if they patient goes off the rails then say they were off their meds. Psychiatry never has to take the blame. No government official, no institution wants to address the “doctor” for the problem. The media can’t blame Pharma as they will lose all that wonderful advertising.

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