PTSD and TBI/ It’s Combined effects on Returning Veterans
There are many aspects that a returning veteran has to cope with upon introduction back into civilian life. Because of situations that these individuals experienced while away it is troublesome adapting into a life unknown to them for a period of time. Involving themselves and enduring circumstances of destruction including death as well as loss makes it difficult to live a normal life. These conditions involve both mental and physical aspects. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury are the circumstances, the aspect of life which these individuals have to cope with every day and in some cases for the rest of their lives. Their time has arrived and the anticipation of a soldiers return home after their grueling and physically demanding time at war. Little knowledge to many soldiers is that of a new war to be faced which soon awaits them. Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event and have been diagnosed with PTSD and TBI often struggle with their feelings preventing them from being able to live normal lives.
PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) what is it? Post- Traumatic stress disorder is actually a form of anxiety. This can occur after experiencing a traumatic experience involving injury or death. PTSD can affect a person at any age usually after events such as: assault, domestic abuse, rape, imprisonment, terrorist attacks, and war. In the past war related PTSD was referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome (Brown).
Traumatic Brain Injury is a condition that can take place when something hits or gets hit by something with significant force. That force affects the function of the brain causing TBI. When such a situation happens the brain is surrounded by fluid which acts almost like a shock absorber that often will protect the brain. Combat related TBI can come as a result of not actually being physically...
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