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When you are in the military, you may see combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. You may have been shot at, seen a fellow brother get shot, or seen death. These types of traumatic events can lead to PTSD. Research shows that many veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) drop out of traditional therapeutic treatments due to the emotionally taxing process of recounting traumatic events, often fail to continue drug treatments due to the drugs side effects and potential for addiction. According to The Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org) the FDA approved drugs for PTSD, such as anti-anxiety medication, can relieve severe anxiety and related problems for a short time, although because of the potential for abuse, they are not usually taken long term. They also list the FDA approved medications for insomnia and nightmares as well as approved antidepressants as solutions. We feel in some situations drugs can be helpful short term.The goal is to eventually be able to function without drugs and without the need for prolonged psychotherapy - living as close to how our veteran’s felt before their deployment in a natural state of peace and good health.
The Veterans Trauma Support Network (VTSN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established to generate and accept tax-exempt monetary and equipment donations to provide veterans with traumatic brain injuries, with FREE hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is unique to any other therapy used for brain injuries and neurological conditions. It is the only therapy known that can significantly raise the oxygen content and blood flow in the brain and cause an adaptation for repair and quicker recovery from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Neurological Injuries are conditions where the brain has developed normally, and then experiences some type of trauma whether it is physical, such as (TBI), or physiological, such as a (stroke), HBOT has proven its effectiveness time and time again to treat NUMEROUS conditions: autism, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, etc - and should now be considered as a primary treatment option in conjunction with other noninvasive treatments for our warriors.
The FDA has already approved several treatments based on HBOT; however, it is still not being recognized as treatment for ALL diseases (cancer, multiple-sclerosis, TBI, etc); therefore, insurance providers are not forced to pay for the more expensive HBOT treatments. Meanwhile, the men and women who sacrificed their lives, family, and own well-being are suffering the effects of these traumatic occurrences. The costs of this type of treatment can range from $150 - $200 per session, and in order to have significant results, the individual needs to undergo 30 - 40 sessions. The hope is that the FDA will at some point in the near future accept HBOT and get it through the approval process. There are many people working towards this goal, although again, many men and women are suffering while the process unfolds. The White House has now recognized the importance of HBOT brain research as beneficial to the health of the men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan."The study was recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The doctors found that treatment with hyperbaric oxygen nearly three years after injury, significantly improved function and quality of life for veterans with traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, post concussion syndrome and depression. On Wednesday, as part of the first lady's Joining Forces Initiative, LSU Health Sciences Center doctors, along with other medical schools, are committed to creating a new generation of doctors, medical schools and research labs that will make sure veterans have the best treatment for their specific health needs. That includes post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI)." - http://legacy.wwltv.com/story/news/2014/09/02/14423870/ We Need Your Help!