Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers Develop New Treatment for PTSD

by Staff | July 31st, 2015

One of the leading conditions affecting soldiers and veterans who have returned from duties overseas is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our Indiana veterans disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it’s estimated that at least 540,000 service members who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have came home with the condition.

PTSD can be identified by symptoms such as:

  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased anxiety
  • Hypervigilance
  • Substance abuse

With so many of our nation’s veterans suffering from PTSD, it’s crucial that we develop new and better ways to treat the condition and that’s precisely what a team of researchers at Indiana University is working towards.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the group is in the process of developing an innovative PTSD treatment that works by affecting chemicals in the brain.

Glutamate is a chemical that is released in the brain when traumatic events are experienced. The team has found a way to safely block the chemical in the brain, which can weaken traumatic memories and enforce more favorable memories. Officials say the research could be used in the development of new medications, which could be released within three to four years.

Giving our veterans and soldiers the care that they deserve is important to our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s why we’re hopeful this research can be used to benefit the members of our nation’s armed forces in the near future.

Getting What You Need If You’re a Veteran Suffering From a Brain Injury or PTSD

by Staff | January 9th, 2015

As more and more soldiers return home from the battlefield, many continue to fight a different battle. They struggle to overcome the injuries and medical conditions that now plague their lives.

Common Medical Conditions Among Veterans

Two of the most regularly reported medical conditions among soldiers and veterans are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates from the military show as many as one-third of service members return from duty having suffered a TBI, while hundreds of thousands of veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD.

The Correlations Between a Brain Injury and PTSD

Based on symptoms alone, it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a patient who is suffering from PTSD and another who has a TBI. An article from Medscape states a new study has shown victims of both conditions can exhibit mild cognitive impairment and psychological distress.

Determining whether a patient is experiencing symptoms of PTSD or a TBI may only be accomplished through testing. It’s important to know though, that help is available for those suffering from either condition.

Get the Help You Need

The federal government provides former service members with a number of programs to assist them with their needs, including medical care and veterans disability benefits if they are no longer able to work due to their condition. Being approved to utilize these programs can be difficult though and may require legal assistance.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help if you’re a veteran in need of compensation for injuries or medical conditions resulting from your time in the military. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 for a free consultation of your case and to learn more about how we can assist you.