I have just spent a week in San Antonio, Texas at the AAFP FMX. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Experience.
Whew. Long acronym.
However, I attended two programs on PTSD. One was a three hour offsite one put on by the U. of Texas, San Antonio Department of Family Medicine. The other was a one hour program about active duty military and PTSD.
The biggest message for me is HOPE. Hope for treatment, hope for diagnosis, hope for destigmatization, hope for remission. I am not sure if we should call it a "cure". Once a diabetic, always a diabetic, even if you lose 100 pounds.
In medical school 1989-1993 I learned that PTSD existed but that was about it. There was no discussion of medicines, treatment, diagnosis or cure.
Ditto residency. I learned much more about psychiatry reading about addiction and alcoholism and Claudia Black's books then I did in residency.
Fast forward to 2009, when I…