Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as an exposure to a traumatic physical or emotional event that causes re-experience of the occurrence, avoidance of triggers, development of negative thoughts and moods, and chronic hyper-arousal symptoms.

What is PTSD and Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS)?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as an exposure to a traumatic physical or emotional event that causes re-experience of the occurrence, avoidance of triggers, development of negative thoughts and moods, and chronic hyper-arousal symptoms.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort and change in bowel habit. It can cause significant distress and embarrassment. Known as a ‘21 st century’ condition, dietary factors can play a major role. It is a diagnosis by exclusion, meaning no obvious pathology is usually found.

We now believe that psychosocial stressors play an important role in irritable bowel syndrome, and significant numbers of those with PTSD also suffer from IBS.

What to do If you have PTSD and Symptons of IBS?

If you have PTSD and the symptoms of IBS, come and talk with our doctors. If a causal link can be found, DVA may approve a claim for IBS and facilitate treatment. Managing any associated physical conditions is an important part of managing your mental health.

What is PTSD and Erectile Dysfunction?

PTSD and Erectile Dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be a complex mix of plumbing problems, hormonal imbalance and psychosocial factors (including psychiatric medication). It is common amongst the psychologically damaged veteran cohort.

PTSD impairs sexual functioning across multiple domains: desire, arousal, orgasm, activity, and satisfaction. The most commonly reported problems are erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and overall sexual disinterest.

Testosterone levels are often below normal in this cohort; conversely the source of the ED may be just medication with a normal hormone profile. 

What to do If you have PTSD and Erectile Dysfuntion?

Treatment involves counselling, medication review, sometimes testosterone replacement but generally drugs such as Cialis or Viagra. ED can have devastating effects on self esteem and self worth, as well as relationships. Come and discuss your particular problem with our doctors. If a causal link can be found, DVA may approve a claim for ED and facilitate treatment.

What is GO2 Veterans?

At Go2 Health our doctors are experienced in dealing with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs - DVA and helping with claims. Go2 Health has a long history of supporting our ex-military both physically and emotionally.

Dr Kieran McCarthy is an ex Army doctor with five operational tours. As the practice principal and one of the owners of GO2 Health, he is passionate about providing quality medical care to our veterans and their families.

Dr Ian Fraser is a GP from Townsville with 40 years experience managing PTSD and DVA patients. He owned one of the biggest DVA friendly practices in Townsville. Having recently relocated to Brisbane, Ian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, and is taking new patients.

In helping you with your DVA claims, our doctors understand the importance of referring to the DVA ‘Statement of Principles’, to ensure the claim has the highest chance of being linked to Service and approved – therefore facilitiating treatment. Having a good RSL Advocate can be a critical part of this process, and we have strong relationships with a number of Advocates across Brisbane.

Dr Kieran McCarthy (MBBS, FRACGP, MPH, FAWM)
GO2 Doctor

Dr Ian Fraser (MRCS, LRCP)
GO2 Doctor

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