How MCLB Albany handles PTSD
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:40:00 GMT —
More details are surfacing about the shooter who took 12 lives at the Washington D.C. Naval Yard on Monday morning, including that he never sought treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Officials with the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany say PTSD is a serious wound many suffer from, whether they're in the military or not. What isn't okay, however is to hide it, which experts say may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
"Usually those adaptations are mal-adaptive or they're not healthy and that's why we want people to come forward and let us know so that we can help and we can get them on the right path and get them to where they need to be," said MCLB Director of Marine and Family Programs Charles Goodson.
Active-duty marines go through testing before and after being deployed and if they show signs of PTSD, they can get help at the Naval health Clinic or Family Programs center on base, where they'll receive treatment based on their individual case.