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Monday, August 28, 2006

Former Sen. Max Cleland Treated for PTSD

Heartbreaking. From WSBTV News - Atlanta:

[Former Senator Max] Cleland has revealed that he's suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and getting help from those same counseling programs he helped create. Cleland, who lost three limbs in the war, said he didn't get much help for his own psychological wounds when he returned from battle.

The former U.S. Senator from Georgia described his symptoms to Channel 2 Action News reporter Alison Burns. He said he feels depressed, has developed a sense of hyper-vigilance about his security and has difficulty sleeping. He believes the Iraq war has, in part, triggered his condition.

"I realize my symptoms are avoidance, not wanting to connect with anything dealing with the [Iraq] war, tremendous sadness over the casualties that are taken, a real identification with that.....I've tried to disconnect and disassociate from the media. I don't watch it as much. I'm not engrossed in it like I was," he said.

Wishing him peace and better days ahead.

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