“Some of the most interesting research involves beta-blockers, drugs that suppress the adrenaline response. In one small study, trauma victims given beta-blockers within six hours of the incident had a 40 percent less likelihood of developing PTSD.”
This is a factual claim as it tells us that there is a 40 percent less likelihood of developing PTSD that was found in a study.
“But as of yet, “pharmacologically, there’s no magic bullet,” he says. And “we’re much less effective at treating more complex PTSD” with traditional therapy.”
This is a comparative claim, as the treatment they have been researching they found to be more effective than when compared to traditional therapy.
‘“Treatment offered vets might be less effective than what’s offered to civilians with trauma. With veterans, there are important concomitant issues. ”Like traumatic brain injury.”
This is a comparative claim and a casual claim. This is a comparative claim as it compares civilians and veterans effectiveness of this treatment because of brain injury that may occur to veterans. The casual claim is that veterans may have some sort of brain damage because of their line of work, unlike most civilians.
“Researchers posit that TBI can make the brain more vulnerable to PTSD, or that it can exacerbate its symptoms of exhaustion, agitation, confusion, headaches. They’re not positive about that, or about whether TBI makes PTSD harder to treat.”
This is a casual and categorical claim. The reason it is a casual claim is that they are not sure but assume that traumatic brain injury can make PTSD have more exacerbated symptoms, and also whether it makes it harder to treat or not. This is a categorical claim as is lists the symptoms of PTSD.
“James Peterson’s post-injection chill-out wore off after a month, faster than it does for other patients—maybe because of his TBI. Maybe not.”
This is a comparative and casual claim. This is a comparative claim as James Peterson’s results are being compared to other patients that may have not suffered from TBI. This also is a casual claim as it claims it may be because of his TBI although the author is not certain.
“Either way, as for TBI, well, “there is no cure,” says David Hovda, director of UCLA’s Brain Injury Research Center and an adviser to the Department of Defense.”
This is a factual claim as it is stating that there is no cure which is backed up by the Director of UCLA’s Brain injury center.