Stellate Ganglion Block: A New Treatment for PTSD

April 28th, 2020
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More than 7 million adults throughout the United States suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most commonly thought of as associated with military combat, PTSD can occur following any traumatic event—including natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault. The disorder is often compounded by depression and substance abuse. Those who suffer from PTSD can also experience interpersonal and relationship difficulties as well as problems at work.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD affects or has affected as much as 20 percent of those who served in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Recent evidence suggests that PTSD is increasing among service members—rising from 7 percent of active duty service members in 2005 to 11 percent in 2008.

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