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First let me personally thank you for your service and the many sacrifices that I am sure you have made. Because of the extremely acute stress, many service people under went stress reactions that eventually developed into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At first our government Poo Pooed it, until enough proof was presented and the scientific community came on board. Well enough of the history and back to your question. In all honesty I do not know if you and many others like you will ever overcome the horrors of the war in Viet Nam, the inexcusable way that you were treated by government and much of the public. That being said we know that many people are still experiencing symptoms some 45+ years later. Symptoms like depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, heightened startle response, and avoidance, etc. The best that can be done after the fact is to treat people for the disorder that they are undergoing. For some that involves psychotherapy. For other it is medication., and for others it is a combination of the two. There has been some change on the part of the government in correcting the actions of the VA. In addition, there seems to have been a change in the public's perception of what these folks went and are continuing to go through.
All these things have helped to address the needs of the Viet Nam Vet, but as to getting over it, to use an analogy, it is like losing a child. It is something that you survive and adapt, but never truly get over. This my opinion and firm conviction after treating a number of Viet Nam Vets over the years. I wish there was a simple directive answer, but I do not believe that there is one. I hope that this information/opinion was helpful and I wish you the best and again extend my gratitude.
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Yes have heard of EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and it has proved effective in treating PTSD along with other cognitive techniques sch as immersion. You obviously need to address your alcohol dependence. I don't know if you are under psychiatric care, but I recommend it as well as support groups and self help such as AA. I also believe that you would benefit from ongoing therapy for thje PTSD and the depression and other symptoms and substance abuse treatment if you are not already receiving it.
The first thing that you need to address is your possible alcohol dependence. If that is the case you will need to be evaluated for an inpatient or outpatient detox as you cannot just stop because you may have a seizure. After your alcohol problem is stabilized you will need to continue your treatment for alcoholism in addition to the PTSD. No you do not have to just suffer through it, it is possible with treatment that may include EMDR, medication and cognitive therapy that your symptoms will reduce greatly and your life can be more fufilling. You have every reason to be able to hope for a positive outcome for your alcholism and PTSD with appropriate treatment. There is no reason for shame or stigmatization as you have an illness just the same as if you had diabetes or heart disease. Best wishes and good luck.
That's why you need to be evaluated. You can if motivated detox on an outpatient basis. Seizures are always a risk, but that is a medical issue and I am not a physician .You can discuss tapering off under medical supervision which is what outpatient detox is when you have an evaluation done. There is usually medication involved to prevent seizure and make you feel more comfortable.
HelloThe usual protocol to prevent seizures when detoxifying is librium. I have heard of it occuring, but it is not typical> I ran a a substance abuser center.
To have a seizure after 2.5 weeks of drinking after ceasing for a few months is not typical.
First I believe they are definitely linked-the alcohol and the PTSD. I have seen it so often. Second you paid me for the qestion and gave a bonus and that is great. If you wish you can give me a positive rating when asked. Again, best wishes.