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Why do some ex-armed forces personnel end up in prison?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3898

Prescription for PTSD

Society is plagued by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite
its epidemic, protean, and refractory nature, PTSD receives little more
than cookbook pharmacotherapy with tranquilizers and antidepressants.
Prior to any pharmacotherapy, PTSD should first receive interdisciplinary
therapy with spiritual, psychological, vocational, marital, and family
counseling. Moreover, since PTSD is sustained sympathicotonia, PTSD needs
regular aerobic exercise, which stabilizes the autonomic nervous system,
and the elimination of all addictive substances (including sweets,
alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and drugs), which destabilize the autonomic
nervous system and aggravate anger and depression.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 July 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA