We are all shocked and saddened by the awful shooting at Fort Hood this past week. In the interview on ABC with Martha Raddetz, the retired Commander and Chief said there are no known methods of actually diagnosing and treating TBI and PTSD, other than asking people about their fears, nightmares or taking medication. This is not true. As a trauma therapist for over 37 years, who has worked with countless people with TBI and/or PTSD, I was shocked to hear this report.
In my book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, there are several chapters solely devoted to the most current and accurate methods of diagnosing TBI which were not available only a few years ago. In the two and half years of research I did for my book, I found well-researched methods from neuropsychological testing, QEEG, SPECT scan, SWI MRI and DTI MRI that clearly can detect both TBI and PTSD.