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One in five returning war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer major depression
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) – A recent study carried out by the Pentagon showed that almost 20 percent, or one in five returning war veterans, reported with major depression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a terrifying or life-threatening event, or a series of events causing extreme levels of stress. PTSD is a complex anxiety disorder that displays myriad symptoms of depression, aggression and emotional detachment.
Doctors commonly choose to prescribe a number of given antidepressant drugs to victims of PTSD, including Paxil, Seroquel and Klonopin. According to Paul Huljich, "[the] taking of these drugs without exploring other healthier, more holistic alternatives is extremely dangerous in the long term. These drugs only offer a band aid to the time bomb waiting to go off at any second."
Fallen American soldiers who have died in military service, including over 4,000 in Iraq and 1,000 in Afghanistan, were remembered this past Memorial Day, which marked the final day of Mental Health Month.
Through May, Huljich shared his own story of struggling with mental illness in order to help others like him. In Betrayal of Love and Freedom, Paul Huljich shows that contracting mental illness conditions such as PTSD do not have to incapacitate an individual for life.
Huljich believes that—through awareness and 30 day regiment of diet, exercise, sleep and stress reduction techniques—anyone can free themselves from the chains of mental illness. And moreover rediscover their purpose in life outside of a chemical strait jacket and other consequences that befall the victims of mental illness. For the past decade, Huljich has been symptom-free of the debilitating disorder, finding a natural, drug-free way to overcome Bipolar disorder and avoid the pain suffered daily by millions.
A study noted that anti-psychotic drugs doubled the risk of sudden cardiac death, as New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 reported on a series of cases involving veterans who died in their sleep after taking a cocktail of various prescribed medications.
This is increasing concern about existing speculations on serious adverse effects of psychiatric medications commonly prescribed to emotionally disturbed or traumatized soldiers.
Paul Huljich's message is beginning to change the way in which we regard mental illness and its stigmas. In publishing Betrayal of Love and Freedom, he says, "I hope that people will pause for a moment and reflect on where they are in their lives – and where they are headed. But most of all, I wish for my story to give them hope."
Proceeds from the sale of Betrayal of Love & Freedom will be donated to his newly founded non-profit organization, The MWellA foundation, which focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle of mind, body, and spirit.
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