Morphine, administered soon after injury, might be helpful in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms for soldiers wounded in combat.
The Washington Post this week reported on a new study conducted by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego – and published in the New England Journal of Medicine – that links morphine to reducing PTSD in wounded troops.
The study included roughly 700 troops, all of whom were injured in Iraq. Those injured soldiers who were given morphine soon after sustaining injuries were about 50% less inclined to exhibit signs of PTSD.
According to the Post, the researchers have developed several theories as to why morphine might prevent PTSD, including that morphine might work to prevent traumatic memories from ever forming.
Morphine is commonly used to treat pain from battle-related injuries, but medical experts may require more conclusive proof before morphine is indicated as a preventative treatment for PTSD.
PTSD is common among soldiers and veterans, particularly those that have experienced combat. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimates that as many as 40% of veterans in VA hospitals suffer from PTSD.
PTSD can be a debilitating condition, but it can be treated successfully. If you think you are suffering from PTSD you should contact a mental health professional to get treatment. You deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life and the right treatment can help you to do that.
If you are a veteran and suffering from PTSD and fighting the VA to get disability compensation, contact the veteran rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.