PTSD veterans often overmedicated

13 Sep 2015

MEDICATION is an ineffective treatment for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the founder of US non-profit organisation Veterans 360.

RICK Collins says drug companies are making a small fortune off veterans, who are often overmedicated.

He’s speaking on the Theatre of War at the PTSD2015 forum in Brisbane which runs from Friday to Saturday.

“Many doctors treating veterans with the psychological condition reach for the prescription pad in the first instance rather than alternative therapies,” he says.
“The greatest success in managing PTS has come from a holistic approach including engagement, education, employment and healing rather than pharmacological support.”

The forum has been organised by former Test cricketer and Vietnam veteran Tony Dell in partnership with RSL Queensland.
Earlier this year it launched the most comprehensive Australian clinical study into the mental health challenges faced by contemporary veterans attempting to return to civilian life.

The results of another RSL-commissioned study into the mental health of Vietnam veterans will be released at the forum, which is expected to be attended by up to 450 Australian and international experts.