Posted by Ray
on May 11, 2000 at 13:20:43:
In Reply to: Gulf War Syndrome posted by Judy M. on September 25, 1999 at 14:56:46:
: My son served in the Gulf. In the last 2 years he has become sick, complaining of various ailments such as:
: inability to think clearly, poor memory, being tired, gastrointestinal problems, aching joints, and a growth on his eyes. Memorial day l997, I believe he had a mental breakdown and since then he has lost everything he has, his job, girlfriend, truck, apartment and basicly has been homeless. He's paraniod, delussionl, volatile, aggressive and escalating. He never had a breakdown before, has always been healthy. He basicly does not make any sense and won't go to a doctor/psychiatrist, etc. He will not listen to me or the rest of his family. He's angry and unpredictable. At the moment he is in NYC. Can you tell me if you have heard of or known any sick Gulf Vet's that have had a psychiatric breakdown? If so, how did they get help?
Contact one of the service organizations like DAV. As a last resort you can have him committed against his will if you think he will harm himself or others. I believe it is called the Baker Act. Most phsycologists are aware of this. Also, you can start the VA claim process for him if he is of a deminishe capacity. Best of luck.