North Texas Doctor Searching For More Efficient PTSD Treatment

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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The arrest of a Texas soldier for scaling the White House fence over the weekend has reignited the national conversation on the mental health of the nation’s returning veterans.

“It’s a hidden injury,” explained retired Army Sergeant Jennifer Aleman.

Aleman spent 10 years serving our country and she says she’s spent the past two, working to recover. “I’ve been struggling with PTSD for a couple of years now. Some of the triggers that are well known are loud noises, being in a loud room…”

But, Aleman says there are more subtle triggers—like isolation—which fuels a disease that experts say thrives on avoidance.

“So can you imagine how hard it is to get someone to come in and talk about their trauma?” asks Alina Suris, MD? “Nooooo, I don’t want to do that!”

Dr. Suris is the Chief of Psychiatry of Mental Health at Dallas’…

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