http://veteransformedicalmarijuana.o...-ptsd-symptomsAnother fascinating discovery, one with implications for PTSD, is that the cannabinoid system is integrally related to memory, specifically to memory extinction. Memory extinction is the normal, healthy process of removing associations from stimuli. Dr. Mechoulam explained that an animal which has been administered an electric shock after a certain noise will eventually forget about the shock after the noise appears alone for a few days. Mice without cannabinoid systems simply never forget - they continue to cringe at the noise indefinitely.
Well lots of veterans would disagree about weed at least. That's why it can be prescribed for it and so many take it...
People are also starting to research other psycadelics to treat PTSD, including ayawaska, MDMA, and mushrooms with fairly promising results compared to what the medical establishment has to offer.
Yes people do tend to diagnose themselves incorrectly, but I think to some extent the stigma is starting to go away. Compare seeing a psychologist now to seeing one in the 80s. Their is allot less stigma attached now, and I see no reason for it to end.
To some extent I think your right about stigma being the problem, allot of vets see it as shameful or weakness to ask for help with it. But what about those that do seek help, and find the treatments do nothing or very little, that's what I think the much bigger issue is.
This is not a reasonable political climate, I see no reason people should be bound by it, especially researches, patients, and doctors.