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Widely used PTSD drug fails test in combat veterans

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Topdawg13, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Topdawg13

    Topdawg13 New Member

    Dec 1, 2009

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  2. texasPHINSfan

    texasPHINSfan New Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    As someone who's had to deal with this, I can say I personally don't believe a drug can help (unless it's an anxiety-based prescription for certain social situations). Years of therapy has only marginally helped me, but more than any drug ever did. I think it's more a formation of your emotional state and the habits you have intellectually. In other words, how you think, how you see things & people. You have to un-train yourself from those emotional habits you developed in the service. I don't think a drug can fix that.

    All that said, I appreciate that people are trying to address this. PTSD doesn't get nearly enough respect from the medical community IMO, and raising awareness is always good.
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  3. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic Twuaddle or bust Club Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Concord, MA
    unfortunately, efforts to address PTSD, something with clearly a very highly unmet medical need, will probably decrease. Many big pharma (astra-zeneca and Lilly for example) that used to center their research efforts around psychiatric disorders are pulling out of that arena. there's a building body of evidence that many of these drugs on the market really are not very effective. I don't know a ton about risperidone, but with all its adverse side effects, you have to wonder if it's worth it even if the drug did work.

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