PTSD : STOP THE STIGMA !


More than 20% of the veterans returning from combat in Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).  This video gives families, friends, and others who care about our nation’s heroes the opportunity to learn more about Combat PTSD and its mental and physical impact on a veteran.  For more information about PTSD, including real world, plain language information about how to cope with its fall out, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/PTSD.html.  Or, to talk to others who are facing the same issues you are, join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lifeaftercombat!

 

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THE WOUNDED PLATOON

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/woundedplatoon/view/

Symptoms of PTSD: Re-experiencing the traumatic event

  • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
  • Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
  • Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
  • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)

Symptoms of PTSD: Avoidance and numbing

  • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
  • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
  • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
  • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)

Symptoms of PTSD: Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled

Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Anger and irritability
  • Guilt, shame, or self-blame
  • Substance abuse
  • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Feeling alienated and alone
  • Physical aches and pains

H/T : http://twana.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/combat-ptsd/

http://bethpennington.com/2012/04/20/dear-dr-phil-veterans-are-not-monsters/

 

 

 

 

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  • Lucia Migrditchian  On November 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    God bless those in the Military.I owe my life to them.

  • coffeeandsleeplessnights  On November 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Reblogged this on A Lot Of Coffee and Sleepless Nights.

  • twana  On November 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I shared this post …. I am friends with many Veterans who deal with PTS. Hopefully this will be a good help for them but also for us to understand it and them. Thank you 🙂

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