A compounding factor: Non-draft, mercenary economic military: Joined for
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Force
Multiplier (rough draft)
Like pneumonia and cancer, PTSD can have many causes. Like pneumonia and
cancer, lifestyle choices can accelerate or worsen PTSD, e.g., smoking for
cancer and pneumonia. For many veterans, PTSD is an on-going nightmare while
awake or asleep. Therein is a key to understanding how Pentagon choices have
fertilized minds and souls for the malignancy of PTSD.
Consider why our dreams become nightmares based on our consciousness. One
can look at consciousness as something that is both quantifiable and qualifiable.
In quantity, one can be measured for attention span whence the clinical claim
of ADHD--attention deficit, hyperactive disorder. (Oppositely, like this
writer, one can suffer from ASD: Attention Surplus Disorder.) Quantitatively,
one can associate consciousness with number of thoughts that one can
simultaneously process with persons being distinguished between low and high
numbers of thoughts. It does not take much consideration to realize that
there is a relationship between attention span and quantity of thoughts.
This quantification can be called Rate Of Integration, that is, how much
information is being integrated per unit of clock time.
Quality of thought can be equated with this quantifiable relationship. For
your heart surgery, would you rather have a child playing doctor? Or, a senile
alzheimer patient? Or, a board certified blade in his prime? Which would
you say had the higher quality or level of thinking?
This comparison shows that the life cycle starts with low levels with a peak,
prime level before decline.
This comparison also describes the awake/sleep cycle with biorhythmic subcycles
superimposed on the daily ying-yang, i.e., the sleep REM cycle manifests
itself as variations in wakeful alertness/drowsiness.
Thus, while sleeping, one has a lower overall level/quality of consciouness
quantifiable in lessened attention span and fewer thoughts (per unit of time).
Of the latter, would you rather have a person who could think about one or
ten things at a time if you needed help in solving a problem? It is like
the difference between a person who knows only single syllable words versus
a well-stocked vocabulary of understood multi-syllabic descriptors. Thoughts
per unit of time can be viewed as density of thought. The more thoughts one
is able to simultaneously integrate, the denser ones rate of integration.
While asleep, the reduced number of thoughts opens the door to nightmares
as one does not have sufficient conscious capacity to process the reality
guideposts that cancel the troubling thoughts. In a sense, one's normal
consciousness is like a wide-angle lense that takes in more information or
thoughts per minute of time while dreams represent a reduce angle that can
only focus on a part of the normal awake reality. Because thoughts free
associate, a bad thought triggers a bad thought until the nightmare is raging.
In seeking to optimize troop responsive, the Pentagon initiated a carte
blanc use of attention alterring drugs for front-line troops, e.g, modifinil,
adderal, ritalin, etc. Thus, when troops are in highly stressful situations,
they are processing the events at a higher quantity of thoughts with a longer
attention span, i.e., a higher level of consciousness. When returned to their
normal state of thinking, active duty or discharged civilian, their recall
of those stressful life-threatening events are never complete since they
cannot consciously re-collect all of the original thoughts. It is like a
squad in a firefight suddenly not knowing where their "I got your back" buddies
are. Troops know that a complete squad is tough unit to crack. Incomplete
squads crack. And, that is why the Pentagon has force multiplied the demons
Analogies: In reviewing these analogies, apply them to the mind of a veteran
who has not only experienced horrible human tragedies but experienced them
from a different frame or level of thinking.
Hangover: Whether by Pentagon policy change or personal refusal, the use
of combat-related "uppers" should be reduced. Most know that if you drink
a lot that you will pay for your drunkeness with head-splitting headache
of a hangover. Likewise, people should be aware that experiencing the world
from an artificially elevated ROI has its pitfalls, i.e., increased PTSD
Visual migraines often includes a reduction in one's peripheral vision.
From a personal, first-time experience in the author's late forties, one
thinks one might be dying as one's side vision becomes less and less as one
sees only what is in front like looking through a empty toilet tissue roll.
Worsening the experience of a visual migraine are the "dancing halos" which
one might think are the last embers of one's life fire. (At a cost of almost
$3000, the ER doctor said, "Next time just take two aspirins. Now, when the
periphery begins to contract, a BC powder packet stops the progression to
eyes-on-fire in five minutes. Also, certain foods have been found to consistently
trigger the visual migraines, in particular, Arabian Sannee and Mexican Oxahaca
For soldiers, marines and sailors suffering from PTSD, the onset of a panic
attack must (yes, must because of these days and times) be
met by applying the best response to any pending problem: Laugh at it ...
get a pen, write it down in a diary. When one laughs at a problem, it is
solved sooner or is self-disappearing. Why the must? Your country
is bankrupt. The helpers are fewer and fewer as they are increasingly
under-funded by the corrupt, wasteful habitual politicians. If you cannot
pull yourself together to recognize how a lower rate of integration is allowing
incomplete memories to become nightmares then you will continue to be your
own worst enemy.
From a personal, first-time experience with mental worries. My first-semester
visit to the college shrink with my concerns prompted the following: "You
are bipolar. If you worry about it, you will fertilize counter-productive
attitudes and actions. Make two lists, one for each state of extreme. Laugh
about the change when you see it. Make lemonades out of your lemons instead
of becoming a suicidal lemming heading for a cliff."
Advice: funds are disappearing ... Man up ... laugh at ... being diagnosed
bipolar in college ... it is like asking for a date--no ask, no date, 19
rejections then one date ... Babe Ruth and Tom Edison ... You are on your
Strings on instrument:
Problems--Definition and Solution. If a problem has six factors and one considers
only five then the problem solution is likely to be incomplete. The same
is true for a person defining their existence. If a factor is missing then
one's sense of self and existence is lacking. In the decline of the Golden
Years, many people (this writer included) senses the decline in ablity to
juggle as many thoughts or factors that was once possible. For certain problems,
an oldster loses the ability to juggle all the thoughts necessary to have
a clear picture of the whole problem.
Politicians and hypocrites: Whereas one's capacity declines for weighing
all the relevant factors in defining a problem and a solution, politicians
and hypocrites with hidden agendas choose to mis-define and mis-solve problems.
A person who takes a capacity elevating drug should not be surprised if he
or she is unable to define their self or existence when at their normal state
Conclusions versus opinions: A conclusion is an answer that all people can
arrive at from the same factors or data, e.g., 2+2 = 4, provided they have
the intellect to process the intelligence/information. An opinion is different
from a conclusion. Intentionally because of a hidden agenda, some might argue
an answer that defies the facts because they want an answer other
than the objective, logical conclusion. Incompetently because of an insufficient
integrity of intellect and intelligence, others will chose an fuzzy answer
that they want.Whether from intention or incompetence, want
is why opinions are called opinions because the word comes from "opine" and
"pine." To pine is to want.
Arguing versus clarifying: ADHD is not an either is or isn't. It is relative
based on a continuum form extreme ADHD to extreme ASD (autism). A four-thought
person is ADHD relative to a five-thought person. While can be looking for
hypocrisy or inconsistency in another person, it is the case that person
with a larger thought capacity and attention span will notice inconsistencies
in the words or actions of lower capacity thinker. It is simple math. If
you only remember what you said a minute ago while your listener remembers
your last two minutes, he will detect an inconsistency, a hypocrisy or a
lie that you simply cannot detect within your thinking. So, the poor listener
is often accused of wanting to argue because it points out something that
is obvious and objective to the listener but not make sense to you.
iCube cube of personalities.
|This analysis of PTSD is based on the analysis of mentality (consciousness,
learning and memory) as the third level of Timism's Periodic Table of Existence,
the morality of more time.
Particular to this level is iCube: Integrity of Intellect and Intelligence
where intellect is the biological process and intelligence is the content
that is processed. One can associate this dichotomy with the old nature/nurture
divide in describing behavior, that is, an entity's dynamics.
This dichotomy can be viewed as the difference between a record player and
the music record. To have good music, one needs both a good player and good
records. Either bad player or records or both means bad music. Thus, PTSD
sufferers need to realize they cannot play the music that they once could
under the influence of "uppers" but they can choose how long they play the
bad music of bad memories after the fact.
One's personal integrity of thinking and action is the result of one's intellect
and intelligence. By integrity, it is meant quality, consistency and logic.
Before one can have moral integrity, one must have integrity at the lower
levels of existence: politeness (politics), economics (home management),
mentality (learning), catan (catabolism/anabolism of metabolism) and physicality
(environment stability). One's personal integrity can be less because
one is stupid, naieve, igknowant or dishonest which is a continuum from one
cannot learn, one has not learned, one choses not to learn, and one is a
This analysis of consciousness, thinking and behavior observes the three
processes that are present in the six levels of existence. They are
This synopsis of timism is provided to encourage the reader to take more
seriously how Pentagon choices are metastasizing a long-term cancer for veterans
and for the V.A.
Calls for selective memory pill are useless in light of ROI and memes--see
"No Fear: Memory Adjustment Pills Get Pentagon Push"
Also see PTSD 14Mar14