Brain clinic owner says therapy can help prevent PTSD-related violence

Bill Grady
August 16, 2019 - 5:49 am

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- An expert in post-traumatic stress disorder believes better therapy could prevent tragic events like the killing of an Overland Park woman and her husband's death at the hands of Kansas City, Kansas police.

Retired Army Ranger Charles Roy Pearson was shot to death as he pointed a rifle at KCK police Tuesday, and the body of his estranged wife, Sylvia, was found in Benton County, Arkansas. Friends suspected Charles Pearson suffered from PTSD. 

William Said owns Restorative Brain Clinic in South Kansas City, which uses TMS, transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. The therapy involves an electromagnetic pulse, which stimulates specific areas of the brain. There are no incisions and the procedure does not require hospitalization. 

Said says the therapy works because PTSD is such a deep-rooted problem. 
 
"Army Rangers who've had PTSD for 13 years, and they talked like their job was to get up every morning and kill people," Said told KMBZ. "So when you're a trained Army Ranger, and you're trained to do that, it kind of not leaves the system."

TMS has not been approved by for treating PTSD, but the Veterans Administration has used it in select cases, and the results are encouraging. 

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