Creating Ripples: Reflections on the Realities of Military Combat and Posttraumatic Stress in Our Veterans11/12/2013
In 1993, after seeing the toll the first Gulf War was taking on returning veterans, Colonel Bart Billings established what is now the world’s longest running combat stress conference.
Billings, a Saybrook psychology PhD, has devoted much of his life to supporting his fellow soldiers as they come back from war. In addition to founding the International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference, he testified before Congress in 2010 on the pernicious impact of anti-depressants as a treatment for combat stress.
“I have personally seen military personnel as patients, who explained that they were given anti-depressants on the battlefield to simply try to stop smoking,” he told a House of Representatives committee on Feb. 24. But it’s not just the overuse of anti-depressants that concerns him: it’s their use as a panacea for PTSD.
As he told Congress: