The myths and realities of Gulf War Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will be examined in two workshops during April run by retired cognitive behavioural therapist and registered mental nurse Dick Hilling.
Dick, who was attached to the Army medical corps during the 1991 Gulf War, is running them to raise awareness of the conditions and to help sufferers and their families understand the issues.
“I see both conditions as debilitating, particularly if not properly diagnosed and treated. But until the British and American governments acknowledge these symptoms as physical – cramps, choking sensations, painful headaches, gastric problems, blood blisters in the mouth – Gulf War Syndrome will remain untreatable.”
Recently there has been speculation that the American government will recognise Gulf War Syndrome.
Dick says media reports last year drew attention to US investigations into the use of anti-nerve tablets given to military personnel and whether the use of insecticides to spray tents in the desert were a cause of Gulf War Syndrome.
The National Gulf Veterans and Families Association recently highlighted a House of Lords report which admitted that medical reporting has been inadequate.
Dick said for many years veterans have attended medical assessments to be told that Gulf War Syndrome didn’t exist and that they had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Saturday 17 April, 9.45am to 4.30pm: Post Trauma Stress/Shellshock Treatment and Support: Myth or Reality? Cost: £25.
Wednesday 21 April, 11am to 4pm: Gulf War Syndrome. Cost £30.
Both events include a buffet lunch and take place at Basepoint Business Centre, Rivermead Drive, Westlea.
After expenses, money raised will go to the charity Learning for Life where Dick is a tutor, and also to help cover his costs of attending the Royal College of Nurses Conference where he will present an emergency resolution calling on the Ministry of Defence and all governments since the first Gulf War to recognise Gulf War Syndrome.
To book a place at the workshops or to contact Dick, call 01793 608781 or mail: email@example.com