Scanners that show how the brain’s chemistry changes from moment to moment—and from thought to thought—promise new views into the inner workings of the traumatized mind
Retired Master Corporal Don Leonardo of Airdrie, Alta., a third-generation soldier, has battled PTSD since serving with the United Nations protection force in Yugoslavia in 1994, a mission not so much about keeping the peace, but enforcing it at gunpoint.
“There were a hundred incidents,” he says, that contributed to his deteriorating state of mind and growing list of symptoms, including night terrors and a hair-trigger temper. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2000.
Leonardo has lived varying degrees of a nightmare ever since. When he would recall his experiences for his psychiatrist...