Veteran with PTSD who killed family repeatedly relapsed if stressed, inquiry hears | CBC News

Veteran with PTSD who killed family repeatedly relapsed if stressed, inquiry hears | CBC News
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The military psychiatrist who diagnosed Lionel Desmond with complex post-traumatic stress disorder told a fatality inquiry that despite some improvement after three years of treatment, the Afghanistan veteran continued to relapse when triggered by the stressors in his life.

Dr. Vinod Joshi’s testimony Tuesday marked the first time the inquiry into Desmond’s fatal shooting of his wife, daughter, mother and himself in 2017 heard exactly what treatment the corporal got within the military health-care system. 

Joshi met with Lionel Desmond in 2011, four years after the soldier returned from what’s been described by his brother in arms as a particularly brutal tour in Afghanistan. 

In his psychological assessment, Joshi found Desmond showed clear symptoms of PTSD: he had nightmares…



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