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PTSD: Rapacious Demons in Our Heads, Psychiatric Malpractice in Grey's AnatomyDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
One Hollywood TV show receives favorable reviews, from a doctor who would know.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I believe Grey's Anatomy as a depiction of the life of Medical/Surgical interns and residents is outstanding. I went through that meat grinder myself and I psychologically compared it to front-line infantry combat.
Death is/was the enemy and as interns, green as glass, it seemed sometimes that we were required to know MORE than the Senior Residents or Staff Doctors.
I have posted before about a Staff Surgeon recently returned from battle trauma surgery in Iraq who definitely and painfully (to me) exhibits full-blown PTSD.
His reactions to his DEMONS make me cringe and sweat. I went through Infantry Combat and also a Medical Internship. Thankfully I survived both.
It gave me real insight on how to treat my regular medical patients in which I was extremely successful seeing 40 per day. It also gave excellent insight in how to treat about 1,000 War Veteran victims of PTSD.
In the Grey's Anatomy program the PTSD suffering doctor was having extreme, dangerous flashbacks. We ALL have them but he has a scalpel in his hand. He also tried to choke his fellow surgeon/lady friend to death in his sleep as a result of a flashback. He KNEW that he had a hair trigger about this and was desperately afraid it could happen again or worse.
The lady friend insisted he see the Shrinkologist. I was absolutely appalled and devastated by her deplorable demand that he TALK ABOUT HIS TRAUMATIC EXPIERIENCES as corrective therapy.
This DEMAND by the Shrinkologist really appalls me. The VA tried group sessions in which PTSD victims where required to talk about their traumatic experiences. So many couldn’t talk about these experiences without totally breaking down, that they quit having these group sessions. The Greys Anatomy writers are using 10 or 20 year old abandoned therapy.
SEVERE PTSD vet victims cannot talk about their worst traumatic experiences. I hear this many times from spouses, children and even grandchildren who really want to know about their relatives’ war experiences.
The VA has tried every medication they can dream up with minimal success and only those with mild PSTD. Some Shrinkologists are still demanding PSTD victims talk about their traumas, I tell family and people who ask about PTSD, “Think of the absolutely worst terrorizing and frightening experience in your life. Then think about that or similar experiences occurring very frequently over days, weeks or even months and there is no escape. You must go on.”
This is what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. One million war veterans have gone through or are going through this now.
WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT!
Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 20 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon.
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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