The Army Medical Command has determined that benzodiazepines could worsen rather than reduce PTSD and lead to addiction. The April 10 policy memo also cautions against second-generation antipsychotics due to lack of efficacy and increased risks, including suicides and long-term health effects. An anonymous army doctor said “the nation needs to take a long, hard look at what delayed the institution of these policies, and why the priorities of our Army medical leaders have too often favored the manpower needs of the Army rather than the mental health of its soldiers.”
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