There is a new treatment that may be better than service dogs for some people in the long run in the treatment of PTS Injuries. The Stellate Ganglion Block injection is a new treatment that uses a well known injection traditionally used in pain management. Over 2,200 patients have received the shot so far.
The problem with this new treatment is that it is only available as part of clinical studies or at a limited number of locations today, or must be paid out of pocket by the veteran. Each shot costs $1,250 and two are sometimes required as part of the initial treatment. Finally, neither the veterans insurance plan nor the VA will currently cover the cost of the treatment.
CJ and Max are raising money from their song "Give Me A Shot" to provide as many free treatment to veterans with PTS Injuries as possible. Click here for a recent interview regarding the Stellate Ganglion Block injection and how it reboots the brain.
Specially trained service dogs can help veterans suffering from PTS with many important daily tasks. PTS trained service dogs are usually trained to recognize the early stages of a panic attack and can help their owners remain calm. Service dogs work around the clock, and for many veterans who suffer from PTS Injuries their dogs are the only way that they can function throughout the day. Unfortunately, is very expensive to get a trained service dog. The cost can range from $2,500-$30,000 plus the cost of veterinarians, food and medicine is expensive. Most veterans do not have the means to puchase a service dog, and when they do there is generally a long waiting list.
PTSD or PTSI?
Post Traumatic Stress is a severe type of an anxiety. The "D" from the word PTSD actually refers to a "disorder" and has been dropped by many medical professionals as PTS is not a "disorder" per se but a physical injury to certain sympathetic nerve fibers in the brain. PTS Injuries may come from direct exposure to extreme and violent circumstances, and are very common. Many returning veterans suffer from PTS Injuries. Any number of environmental or emotional triggers can cause severe anxiety and panic attacks.
Some of the more troubling statistics regarding PTS Injuries include:
It has been reported that ~2m veterans suffer from PTS and/or some form of advanced depression.
The number of veterans that suffer from PTS Injuries is higher when combined with those suffering a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Getting treatment from PTS Injuries is both costly and difficult, and many veterans with PTS Injuries do not actively seek treatment. Unfortunately, there is a long waiting list and inadequate financial resources to help them with the cost.
It has been reported that there is a higher suicide rate among veterans suffering from PTS Injuries. Max and I have met several veterans who have told us their first hand stories of depression and suicidal thoughts.
More active duty personnel died by suicide than in combat in 2012. There are 22 suicides per day among returning veterans. (New York Times)