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PTSD Uncertain Future

August 15, 2011

I had a hard time with this post.  I am seeing some dire things on the horizon that I pray will not come true but unless the PTSD community starts waking up, I cannot see a rosy future for this fight.

First, the Economy is in terrible shape, that is not only locally but internationally, as well.  Our deficit is terrible and no matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, government is looking to find cuts.  The Wars will end soon and there will be a flood of service men and women coming home to no jobs which will be depressing enough but if they are also suffering from PTSD, even worse.

Insurance companies are looking to deny coverages.  This includes things like PTSD which have little outward symptoms and are easy to ignore.  Government needs to make cuts and the Veterans Administration will be an area that is open for cuts which, right or wrong, will satisfy the masses including those who may question the PTSD claims.

With 20%-30% possible PTSD cases on the horizon, this could be a big hit to the budget which already is under close scruteny.  Add in many sufferers who are reluctant to even seek help creates a hidden and thus untapped “squeeky wheel” which will be of no help in the war for PTSD justice.

Finally, if you have looked over the PTSD landscape you can see a vast number of people and PTSD sufferers asking for people to listen to them but because there is no organization these cries are impotent. It is the diffusion of power that leads to no power. It isn’t a symphony but just noise.  

In the meantime the PTSD victim and his or her PTSD family are stuck in the nightmare with very little being done to change things.  The solution is not really all that complex and it is salvagable.  Organization is needed.  There has to be a place set aside as a clearing house.  What does a clearing house do?  It congregates similar minds with similar purposes.  It brings PTSD sufferers and ancillary victims to one place versus hundreds of places.  It creates a louder more unified voice which is more easily heard.  It allows for possible cures to be tested and evaluated and passed along, if worthwhile.  It groups likes together so that support groups can be organized efffectively.  It brings notice to the cause and with notice comes additional power to draw new voices in to help demand change for this group since it becomes a viable voting constituency.

But mostly it draws the PTSD sufferers more effectively in and denies more and more of these victims the excuse of not knowing what to do or where to go.  We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We don’t censure, or criticize or not listen.  The light of day is the greatest disinfectant.  Come write your story.