Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is an anxiety disorder in response to a traumatic event-either as a victim or a witness. Its hallmark is the loss of a sense of one's personal safety, both physical and emotional. The world as that person once understood it, is gone. It's a long road back to a sense of that personal safety, and being in combat exposes the soldier to multiple traumatic events, making the road that much more difficult. An emotional response to trauma cannot be "trained" out of a person. It is impossible!
PTSD suffers often experience:
As you will witness in one of the videos below, the military has taught (and still teaches) soldiers to be tough and "suck it up." While this tool might be effective in training, once a person has been exposed to the horrors of war, it is impossible for an emotionally healthy person not to be negatively impacted by those experiences. It is not a question of whether or not the exposed soldier will experience PTSD, it is a question of to what degree they will be affected, and when it will rear its ugly head. Military mental health policy does not reflect this reality. Untreated or improperly treated, PTSD and TBI's are the reason for our Returning Combat Suicides! Learn More Here>>
The following short videos have current information on Combat PTSD and its effects, along with stories of real Combat Soldiers.
Please take the time to watch:
Guilt experienced as a result of moral dilemmas faced in combat is a leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies show that soldiers feel conflict such as "survivor's guilt". Two predominant causes of survivor's guilt are living through an attack in which other service members died, and witnessing or participating in the unintentional killing of women or children. In the study, psychiatrist and retired Navy captain Bill Nash states, "How do they come to terms with that? They have to forgive themselves for pulling the trigger."
In the past, and still to this day, when a solider seeks help for PTSD, it becomes part of their permanent service record, reflecting negatively first, in their attempt to promote mental health while on active duty, and again, in the civilian sector after discharge from the military because of the manner in which it is documented in their records. For this reason, soldiers suffering from symptoms of PTSD are reluctant to seek help, and their friends and fellow soldiers are reluctant to tell superiors they need it!
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