Army Surgeon General’s Office Warns Against Benzodiazepines and Antipsychotics


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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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I appreciate articles like this documenting the lack of efficacy and outright harm of all psychiatric drugs for PTSD and other labels. Now, even PTSD has become a stigma when the original intent was much different. The fact that this has happened to soldiers for whom the PTSD label was invented primarily along with rape, domestic violence survivors and similar “combat” veterans to recognize their normal response to abnormal events makes it all the more ludicrous that they have been stigmatized as prone to mental illness and subjected to lethal, useless drugs.

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  2. Thank you again Kermit Cole for providing us with breaking news that we activists need to be informed about like this one on PTSD. You are doing the reform movement a great service by searching out articles from around the world. There is no other site like MIA that has such daily cutting edge research being made available.

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