New treatment for combat veterans with PTSD addresses “adrenaline poisoning.”

by | Feb 15, 2012

“As many of you know, from reading this blog, we do our best here at Warrior Life Coach to remind our healing warriors to use the military skills they already possess to overcome the grips of “adrenaline poisoning.” Now, if you’re a first time reader here at The Warrior Nation: SITREP, we call post-traumatic stress disorder what it really is…poisoning from your own adrenaline due to your combat exposure. This poisoning actually reshapes your brain and establishes new and very strong neural pathways in your central nervous system.” 

The extreme adrenaline highs in combat are common for combat veterans who must maintain hyper-vigilance for very long periods.  During a break in action, the let down from the adrenaline high can be very depressing for the individual.  The brain chemistry changes can have long term consequences and affect a person’s ability to adjust to a normal life following multiple tours in combat or an extended periods in combat in the case of my Dad, Vernon Sparks, who spent 66 months in continuous combat during WWII discussed in my book.  The symptomatic conditions of PTSD or “battle fatigue” as it was known during WWII make it very challenging for our heroes to adjust once back from the combat zone.

The above quote is taken from a new resource and website “Warrior Life Coach.”  I recommend the treatment described as another choice for combat veterans suffering from the symptoms of PTSD.  The concepts and theory for treatment are also consistent with the work of  Dr. Edward Tick in his book, War and the Soul, which addresses how brain chemistry is changed as a result of severe exposure to combat or traumatic events.  Dr. Tick describes how a person’s moral compass is changed to the extent that the “soul leaves the body” or simply put the consequences of “right and wrong” become misguided.  These symptoms need to be re-balanced, and the treatment alternative described by Warrior Life Coach appears to address the challenges effectively.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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