Army Veteran With PTSD Studying The Brain At UK To Help Others

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Updated: 6/14/2013 9:25 pm
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a term you might recognize.  It's tough to diagnose and even harder to treat.  It comes in many forms and can have long lasting effects.

Inside a laboratory at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Doctoral candidate Johnny Cebak studies the brain.

He doesn't need a microscope to see the problems associated with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), he's living with them.

In 2005, Cebak, an Army combat medic, took a wrong turn near an insurgent stronghold in Iraq.  He called for the driver to pivot steer the 13-ton track vehicle on a narrow dirt road. 

It was too heavy.  The ground broke, the vehicle flipped and sank into a hole.

The impact yanked Cebak partially from the vehicle.  He lost his helmet.  Mortars exploded all around him.

He was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI.

Before dawn, Cebak was back on the front lines.

Eventually, his brain injury forced him out of the service.  He is now a medically retired U.S. Army Veteran.

Despite Cebak's daily psychological struggles, he plans to help others struggling with the silent disease by the research and studying he's doing at the University of Kentucky.

After he finishes his doctoral work, he hopes to go to medical school and possibly re-enlist.  He is only 40-percent medically retired.  He is still an officer in the Army National Guard.
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DannyHaszard1 - 6/15/2013 1:11 AM
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Bravo our Veterans! Current drug PTSD treatment for Veterans found ineffective. Eli Lilly made $70 billion on the Zyprexa franchise.Lilly was fined $1.4 billion for Zyprexa fraud! The atypical antipsychotics (Zyprexa,Risperdal,Seroquel) are like a 'synthetic' Thorazine,only they cost ten times more than the old fashioned typical antipsychotics. These newer generation drugs still pack their list of side effects like diabetes for the user.All these drugs work as so called 'major tranquilizers'.This can be a contradiction with PTSD suffers as we are hyper vigilant and feel uncomfortable with a drug that puts you to sleep and makes you sluggish. That's why drugs like Zyprexa don't work for PTSD survivors like myself. Daniel Haszard FMI http://www.zyprexa-victims.com
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