Psychadelic Treatments for PTSD (Reducing Veteran Suicides (Veterans are…
Psychadelic Treatments for PTSD
Improving Ineffective Treatments
These treatments are mostly daily medications, improving treatment that takes a few sessions for results could mean reduced medical costs.
It’s estimated that at any given time 5% of Americans suffer from PTSD. This means that almost everyone has met or knows someone close who suffers from this condition. Improving the health of our family and friends is something anyone can support.
As a veteran, I know Marines that suffer from PTSD and who were prescribed dozens of different medications to treat it, all which dulled senses and often caused more psychological problems than they addressed.
Currently in the US, billions of dollars are spent on medications to treat this condition.
Catering Treatment to war-related PTSD
Finding a treatment that cures patients and doesn’t just hook them on another drug to take daily would be helpful for our medical industry, and to the patients, who might not be able to afford more constant treatments.
Developments in this research could have benefits for any PTSD sufferers. It could also be helpful for people with other conditions like depression.
I would like to research how this treatment could be refined to help war-related PTSD sufferers. If done, this could help one of the largest groups of people who are most likely to commit suicide.
Reducing Veteran Suicides
Veterans are often offered free treatment for their symptoms
The statistics regarding veteran suicide are the starkest aspect to this research. Thousands dying every year is a significant number, particularly for a veterans.
Currently an estimated 22 veterans commit suicide daily in the United States and last year more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in combat.
Reducing Social Stigma
Reducing veteran perceptions about these drugs
The military community is often very against drug use so it’s hard to convince many veterans that this treatment might be effective without turning them into drug addicts.
Reducing social stigmas against these drugs
convincing the American public to embrace these treatments would be incredibly helpful to develop treatment and turn the government away from demonizing them.
While many Americans support marijuana as medicine, it’s taking longer to swing public opinion to support treatment using other drugs that sound more harmful, like MDMA, LSD or Ayahuasca.
Reducing laws against this treatment
This treatment is taking a long time to develop because the American government has classified these drugs as illegal and run significant campaigns against their use.