Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sean C. Hall
Colorado Technical University
The wounds of war do not go away with time, or just by leaving them alone. They need to be addressed, and this is something that you cannot do alone. If you were wounded physically during combat you would allow a medic to attend to the wound. This is no different. Your psychological wounds must be attended to as well. They can be managed with proper help and support. Post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to psychological problems in many men and women, and especially veterans, due to traumatic events. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Sometimes these symptoms don’t surface for months or years after the event or returning from deployment. They may also come and go. If these problems won’t go away or are getting worse, or you feel like they are disrupting your daily life, there is a possibility you may have post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to getting treatment, you can adjust your lifestyle to help relieve post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. For example, talking with other Veterans who have experienced trauma can help you connect with and trust others, exercising can help reduce physical tension and volunteering can help you reconnect with your community. You also can let your friends and family know when certain places or activities make you uncomfortable. Your close friends and family may be the first to notice that you’re having a tough time. Turn to them when you are ready to talk. It can be helpful to share what you’re experiencing, and they may be able to provide support and help you find treatment that is right for you. I wanted to keep the war away from my family, but I brought the war with me every time I opened the door. It helps to talk with them about how I feel. I thought I was being brave by ignoring it. But I was...
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