PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects approximately one-third of all soldiers returning from war zones, with about 11% of those returning from deployment in Afghanistan also impacted by this very serious and potentially debilitating disorder.
For those returning from deployment to Downers Grove, seeking assistance from a veterans disability attorney may be essential if PTSD is suspected. While there are some very promising therapeutic and medical options for treatment, they are not always easy for veterans to access. In addition, making the situation worse, getting the assistance needed from the VA in order to receive benefits to seek treatment can be a difficult journey.
One new option in the management of PTSD may be found in blocking the traumatic memory pathways. This is based on the use of specific chemicals in the brain, and specifically in the amygdala, which is the area of the brain that stores painful and traumatic memories. This is done through a coding process that uses chemicals in the brain to create the long-term memory.
Through using serotonin, a naturally occurring brain chemical, the cells in the amygdala that are responsible for this coding were blocked. In other words, the painful memories were not coded and stored. In mice, the increase in serotonin levels prevented PTSD, which may have positive impacts on people with PTSD.
Using the antidepressant drug agomelatine, which acts like serotonin, may be able to stop the decoding and access of these traumatic memories. While this is a positive finding, it will still be essential for veterans with PTSD to seek help from an experienced veterans disability attorney to get the assistance they need for treatment.
In Downers Grove, talk to a veterans disability attorney if you believe that you are being denied benefits due to PTSD. Getting help is critical as early treatment can prevent the emotional and mental stress of this truly challenging disorder.
Howard W. Conick & Associates, Ltd. can provide an experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable veterans disability attorney to assist you in accessing the benefits you deserve. To learn more, see us online at www.conicklaw.com.