A man who lost his left eye in an accident nearly three decades ago is getting the recognition he deserves.
The man, who is now 64, tells Newsweek the diagnosis of his illness was triggered by the accident, not by a drug or alcohol problem.
The first time he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he said he experienced flashbacks to his life as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in World War II.
The flashbacks kept him up at night and sometimes on weekends, he told Newsweek.
After the war, he was placed in a mental hospital, and his mother had him transferred to a facility in Florida.
When he was transferred to the Veterans Affairs hospital, the facility was run by Dr. John H. Sorenson, who had diagnosed Sorenstein as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
He told Newsweek that the abuse caused him to develop a PTSD diagnosis.
The diagnosis led him to receive treatment at the VA’s Palo Alto Medical Center, where he received the full medical benefit of his diagnosis, and he received additional support from his family.
While he did not know it at the time, his PTSD diagnosis led to the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“That was the big thing that led me to the VA,” he said.
Sorenson was an early pioneer in the use of the computer-assisted therapy that is now the standard for treating PTSD.
While many people were initially skeptical of the therapy, it was a success in terms of the treatment.
Now, the VA uses it as the standard in the VA hospital system, where about a quarter of veterans have been treated.
“It was one of the most significant things that I’ve had, because I was able to be able to tell them what I had gone through, how I’d been treated, what the challenges I’ve faced,” he explained.
“And it was something that they’d never have been able to talk about before.”
The man said the PTSD diagnosis has changed him.
“My life has changed,” he told the magazine.
“Now, I feel I’m not alone in what I have gone through.”
After he was discharged from the VA in 2000, the man said he spent nearly a decade at home recovering from his traumatic experience, working as a personal trainer and attending various events, such as weddings and funerals.
In the years since, he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
He is now in a treatment facility for a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder at Palo Alto.
“I was living in this world and I was living on the outside,” he admitted to Newsweek.
“It was like this weird nightmare that was my life.
Now it’s all going to come out and it’s just not fair.”