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Army’s Answer To PTSD

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MEDICATION!!!! It is the number one thing each Army “doctor” loves to hand out. “Oh you’re suffering from PTSD? Well let me cure all of your woes with some Xanax.”. “Oh you are suffering from insomnia? Here’s some Ambien, but be careful, it can make you hallucinate!”. In my previous article “GOT PTSD?” I talked about taking a stand and getting help,  medication is not the best or only way though. Now I may be a little biased because I hate taking medication, but I have gone through the steps of trying these medications and more in order to help myself. Medication can help, but it is not the answer. Good counselors to help guide you and give you a safe place to talk should be the focal point. The military should have the best PTSD specialists the world can offer, key word: should. However, any time I’ve had to deal with these “specialists” it was completely useless.

One lady was formerly a child psychiatrist who apparently hadn’t figured out yet that she was talking to adults. Talk to an enraged infantryman going through a rough time like he’s a child. It doesn’t take a genius to see whats going to happen next- I think explosion is the appropriate word. Next I had an unmotivated chaplain tell me to get a stress ball to squeeze and to punch my pillow….really? A couple of years and another deployment go by and the next specialist I see tells me he can’t help me because all he does is prescribe medication (I told him I didn’t want any medication). I’m then passed off to someone else and told to get counseling off post. Now anyone in the military that has had to go through the military to get off-post anything knows what a pain in the fourth point of contact this is with all the recommendations and approvals from Mr. blahblahblah and Mrs. Grumpy fat lady. After all the hoops I jump through, the off-post counselors gaff me off and don’t ever respond to my phone calls. One can only ask for help so many times before one tells them all to shove it where the sun don’t shine. I didn’t get any real help until I got out of the Army.

The point of my previous paragraph is to give you a glimpse into the military world. I am not the only person this happens to. The Army should have better ways to help its soldiers, and it is a crying shame soldiers have to go through so much and bear through everyone’s eyes of judgment just to try to talk about the things that bother them. It is such a struggle that most would rather not even go through all the nonsense, and that is the real crime here- soldiers won’t get help because the Army makes it too difficult.

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Sean Culver
Sean’s fascination with Martial Arts began when he was a child going to karate classes in a gym at a local school in Lake Forest, CA. Although his training was cut short, his passion was not. Over the years he became active in competitive wrestling where he took first place in almost all tournaments he competed in. Upon graduating High School Sean felt a higher calling to serve in the military, more specifically, the Army Airborne Infantry. During his time in service he trained in Modern Army Combatives, which is based largely on Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, as well as extensive training on military weapons and tactics. Due to his mental and physical prowess he was sent to intensive training for hand to hand combat tactics where he honed his skills for combat in full battle attire. Having done over two years of combat time in Afghanistan, Sean can bring to light a new side of fighting and tactics that he has not only experienced first hand, but has employed while being in direct contact with the enemy. In addition to Modern Army Combatives, Sean has also trained in Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wing Chun. With as much as Sean loves the Martial Arts, it was only natural that competitive fighting and MMA would draw him into its world of high class fighters.