- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: DocUmeant Publishing; 2nd edition (July 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937801853
- ISBN-13: 978-1937801854
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invisible Scars: How to treat Combat Stress and PTSD without Medication 2nd Edition
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"Dr. Billings, if we had read your book about the dangers of many of the drugs that the VA gave our son, Corporal Andrew R. White, USMC to treat his PTSD I am positive that he would be alive today. His mother and I trusted the doctors who treated Andrew ...this was a big mistake. The cocktail of antidepressants (Paxil), antipsychotics (Seroquel(R)) and analgesic drugs killed my son. Since his death we have been on a mission to help other veterans obtain drug-free treatments for PTSD."
--Stan and Shirley White (Marine Corps parents) Davis, WV
"Dr. Bart Billings is alone in the ranks of military mental health in denouncing the pseudoscience of biological psychiatry with its invented 'disorders'/'diseases'/'chemical imbalances' and one-dimensional drugging/poisoning which damages the brain and body of every soldier & veteran while killing untold thousands--horrifically--by sudden cardiac death. This must end to make room for humane, non-medical therapies."
--Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD, board-certified neurologist
"War causes fragmentation and destabilization of the combat warrior as it destabilizes the society in which it is fought. The art of physical medicine is utilizing physical remedies rather than medications to heal the WHOLE being--mind, body, and spirit. Hence the antidote for combat stress--a 'holistic' approach to healing."
--Chrisanne Gordon, MD, board-certified physiatrist, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, founder and executive director, Resurrecting Lives Foundation
"The enthrall and embrace of magic has captured our 21st century society. Nowhere is that better exemplified than in the field of psychopharmacology. As much as we may wish for an elixir that could magically heal mental health disorders, there is none. Dr. Billings has done yeoman service by underscoring that reality, as well as grim dangers that present when we rely on psychoactive drugs as a curative. We owe him a thank you!"
--General David Brahms, Esq. (Ret. USMC)
"The FDA, military services, and VA want to help patients, and certainly wish to deter suicide and violence. The problem is their one-size fits all commitment to antidepressants results in denying to patients the full truth. As the mental health expert and soldier that he is, Dr. Bart Billings' 'Invisible Scars'--utilizing integrative treatment modalities instead of psychiatric medication--is a must-read for those seeking the truth on military suicides, mass shootings, and what the media won't cover in these tragedies."
--Commander Don Farber, Esq., (Ret. USN, ) .
"My late husband, William Glasser, MD would be so happy to see Bart Billings' book today. I believe he would say that it could quite possibly revolutionize the treatment of countless soldiers suffering from combat stress for all time. This book is a must-read by anyone who is seriously concerned about the tragic suicide rate among our service men and women returning from combat."
--Carleen Glasser, senior faculty The William Glasser Institute International, author and widow of the late William Glasser, MD
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These drugs are major profit makers for the pharmaceutical industry.
It's time to put the lives of men, women and children above corporate profits. It's time to take a closer look at these dangerous and deadly prescription drugs.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an all to real problem that plagues many of our Service men and women. Unfortunately this issue can't be corrected with prescriptions alone, there simply isn't that "quick-fix" that we as a nation have come to look for. The drugs that have been prescribed in the recent past to treat this disorder are proven to have both mind and personality altering tendencies - exactly the opposite of what is needed to get the patient back to the main-stream life! That sad truth is that we've simply become out-of-step in dealing with these types of disorders.
A must read for those who really want to understand the entirety of the PTSD issue...
As you know, the VA is very short on funds to carry out a comprehensive psychological treatment plan for vets suffering from PTSD and TBI. I have been treated at the VA for years and have not made much progress concerning psychological therapy. The staffing is very shorthanded, so each time a veteran is evaluated, they are prescribed anti-depressants as the main course of action, then they are handed off to a student who studies psychology at UCSD Medical School. So, basically, it is a training ground for students studying to be doctors and it provides no real continuity for the vet as students rotate often. So, the vet is left with starting back at ground zero when another "student" therapist rotates in. The new student has to be brought up to speed on the years since I have experienced TBI. I have informed the VA that I have been trying to get qualified psychological support for years. I give up...
I have begun a new program of therapy with friend who is a doctor from our Catholic Church in San Diego. Dr. Bart Billings is a Doctor of Psychology who treats patients with profound and compassionate counseling without medication. I met Dr. Billings at our Church Men's Group and began counseling with him when my young bride passed away from cancer. I have two young daughters to raise, so this is a critical time in my life. Dr. Billings has been more helpful in a year than the many years spent at the VA.
Dr. Billings has recently written a book "Invisible Scars" that I suggest you read as it would provide more valuable insight into how best to solve this complex issue. It's working for me.
I am a Firefighter with over 34 years on the job and incurred a head injury at a fire approximately 16 years prior. After a considerable amount of time off from the job I was able to return. There were certainly some deficits, but I recovered enough jump back in. I was thankful. Early on in my treatment phase, I was prescribed an antidepressant medicine because I could not sleep. The lack of sleep led to depression. My sleep initially improved but the root cause was never really addressed.
Fast forward 14 years and I found myself trying to fix a subtely imploding life. The symptoms from the head injury were getting worse and caused more stress which made it all worse.... I could not reason my way out of the situation I was in and I was tired of the struggle. I could not solve it. I was unable to make it better even though I had seen several therapists over the years.
I met Dr. Billings, read his book and took charge of my life again. I cannot thank him enough for his insight, experience and dedication to the truth and "what's right".
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