Weeded Warriors: the young veterans breaking the law to treat their PTSD

Mick was almost driven to suicide by the drugs Defence gave him to treat his PTSD, so he started smoking weed instead.

When Mick Harding came back from Afghanistan he was struggling with depression, anger and alcoholism.

“I was involved in an incident in Afghanistan where my [second in charge] was shot and killed,” he told Hack.

It happened while Mick was on patrol through the Tangi Valley near the village of Derapet. It left him with some pretty serious emotional issues and he ended up being medically discharged from the army in 2012.

He suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), conversion disorder and a major depressive disorder which saw him prescribed the anti-psychotic Seroquel and anti-depressants Avanza and Lexapro. Those drugs seemed to make things worse though; spurring on homicidal and suicidal ideation.

“There was a lot of time I’d get emotional to the point where I’d just be crying on

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