PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

March 2nd, 2012 → 3:59 pm @ // No Comments

About one in 10 Iraq and Afghan war veterans have develop serious mental health problems — from violent behavior to alcohol abuse — and that these problems actually get worse instead of better a year after vets leave the battlefield. Part of the cause is PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. It’s a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

PTSD is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD often may develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health. The disorder is also associated with impairment of the person’s ability to function in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.

Is PTSD limited to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Of course not. It’s been part of every war as far as history can take us. The reason that it has surfaced more and more since the Vietnam War is because of the advancements of medical science. Also, as suggested above, the casualties of PTSD are not just the combatants. Depending on the circumstances, civilians caught in the turmoil of war are also likely candidates for this harrowing psychiatric disorder.

The bottom line is that we have thousands if not millions of people walking the earth today who will never be able to live their lives to the fullest extent possible no matter how supportive their immediate environments may be. So, no matter how you look at it, war is not only hell but it can last a lifetime for many people after peace is declared! Coming Home provides intimate details how that happen.


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