Chances are you've been diagnosed by your VA doctor telling you that you're experiencing PTSD, if not, here's how to recognize PTSD incursion into your life according to the VA. You can overcome PTSD. It takes daily effort. There are even several good techniques to relieve flashbacks under traditional approaches. Here's a good book (PTSD Recovery by David Craft) with many self-help techniques. You can download this Audio e-book free currently if you tell Amazon you want to "try out" Audio Books on the order page on a trial basis.
As far as allopathic medical treatments go, the best breakthrough for Veterans suffering from PTSD is still in trials with the VA but, it's a breakthrough with no known side effects as of this writing July 4, 2019: Stellate Ganglion Block As of July 4, 2019 only a tiny fraction of VA facilities offer Stellate Ganglion Block treatments.
"Regarding Stellate Ganglion Block: The reviewers found that “There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against… stellate ganglion block (SGB)…” (page 65)
"So, in short, in spite of anecdotal evidence that it is helpful to some people, there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend it as a primary treatment for PTSD. Typically multiple well-controlled randomized clinical trials are needed to determine if a treatment can be recommended and we look forward to seeing the results of the study mentioned above. "
BACK TO MY COMMENTS: Nonetheless, a 6 month reprieve from PTSD anxieties noted by the doctors interviewed in the 60 minutes recording posted above (the anecdotal evidence) leads me to desperately search for any doctor in the SF Bay Area providing Stellate Ganglion Block treatments, either VA or private practice, to which I can refer those suffering from PTSD. The July Update of the VA below does not mention SGB-Blocks because it's still in trials and the medical system by its nature moves slowly.
The Best Medicine? Focus on What's Bothering You
Treatment Can Help You Heal
It's common to hope that PTSD symptoms will just go away over time, but this is unlikely if you’ve had symptoms for longer than a year. Even if you feel like you can handle your symptoms now, they may get worse over time. Seeking treatment and talking about a traumatic event may seem hard, but confronting difficult memories can help you heal and move forward.