First of all it is important that you understand whatever you are feeling, your emotions are not wrong. Something is not wrong with you, you’re not crazy, and you’re not the only one with these thoughts and feelings. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. It is normal to be afraid, sad, lost, and even angry when you’re in danger; that is a normal reaction to trauma. Most people who go through a trauma have some symptoms at the beginning, but they will start to fade. But when you feel stuck in a constant sense of danger, have to be on high alert, and experience upsetting memories months after the traumatic event, it’s probably time to talk with your doctor. You could have PTSD. No one knows why some people develop PTSD and others do not. PTSD is not a sign of weakness. PTSD can be a debilitating disorder, and the symptoms that come with PTSD can have a negative impact on a number of different areas in a person’s life.
Like so many veterans before you, you’re probably sitting there thinking,
Huh, yeah right. I don’t have PTSD. I don’t even know what that PTSD is. I’m fine; it’s the civilians or my family that’s the problem. I just don’t fit in this world. I just want to go back to the military; at least there everything made sense.
And you know what? That’s okay. We get it; we’ve been there!
But you are taking the very first step right now. By coming here, deep down you know something may be a little off. Maybe you’re not sleeping, or you’re having nightmares. Maybe you have an extremely short fuse and explode in anger at loved ones. Or maybe you are trying to escape your thoughts – those memories that haunt you, those thoughts that come out of nowhere – and you are trying to bury them at the bottom of a bottle. No judgement from us. As we have stated many of us have been through many of the same struggles ourselves.
So now let’s go through the next five modules and learn about PTSD.
- PTSD History
- What is PTSD and What Causes It?
- PTSD and Military
- PTSD Symptom
- PTSD and the Brain
Let’s tackle the first section. PTSD History