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About PTSD

PTSD is short for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder caused by a traumatic event that was harmful to the person, or threatened harm to the person, or that the person witnessed. Some examples of these traumatic events include violent deaths, car accidents, rape, kidnapping, fires, bombs and combat. 

 

With all the traumatic events our troops witness and experience during warfare, it is no surprise that so many of our troops suffer from PTSD. Our troops get shot at, they shoot back and they watch people die, then they have to deal with the bodies afterward. They get blown up by explosives. They get ambushed. It’s war they’re dealing with over there and it’s not pretty.

 

PTSD can vary in different people from mild to very severe. 

 

As of writing this, there is no way to know which individuals are more likely to develop PTSD than others because it doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can get it regardless of religion, race or wealth. PTSD can happen to any man woman or child, from any background, anywhere at anytime. 

 

Aside from avoiding any potentially traumatic events (which is nearly impossible, even for Bubble Boy) there is nothing you can do to prevent PTSD from happening to you.

 

Symptoms usually begin within three months of the traumatic event, but sometimes it can be years before symptoms emerge. PTSD symptoms can last anywhere from a month to many years.

 

These symptoms typically snowball into further complications such as domestic violence, recklessness, marital issues, drug abuse and more. People suffering from PTSD may develop addictions to alcohol, drugs, adrenaline, pornography, etc. as a way to cope with their feelings or as a way to escape them.

Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

 

  • One or more “re-experiencing” symptoms
  • Three or more “avoidance” symptoms.
  • Two or more “hyperarousal” symptoms.
  • Other symptoms that make it hard to go about daily life, go to school or work, be with friends, and take care of important tasks

"Re-experiencing" Symptoms

  • upsetting memories
  • jumpiness, startling easily
  • nightmares, often reliving the trauma
  • flashbacks, often triggered by sights, smells, sounds
  • sleeplessness, insomnia
  • depression, thoughts of suicide
  • feeling loss of identity
  • on high-alert all the time, scanning for threats
  • feeling stuck, frozen, trapped

"Hyperarousal" Symptoms

  • irritability
  • jumpiness, startling easily
  • on high-alert all the time, scanning for threats
  • feeling stuck, frozen, trapped

"Avoidance" Symptoms

  • avoid situations that trigger memories
  • they try to distract themselves
  • difficult to be in touch with feelings
  • emotional distance from people you were close to before
  • may isolate from others
  • emotionally “numb”
  • feeling loss of identity
  • forgetting important parts of, or unable to talk about, the event

Other Symptoms

  • conduct disorder
  • impaired social skills
  • substance abuse
  • difficulty functioning
  • troubled relationships

Treatment

Treatment of PTSD usually involves talking about your feelings openly and honestly in group therapy sessions with other people who feel the same way you do. It can also involve medications to ease anxiety and help you sleep better, but if you’re on a lot of medication you should be closely monitored and extreme caution should be taken so you don’t overmedicate. 


Some of those drugs can be very powerful. More options can include;

And more. Because of the wide range of symptoms and other issues that go hand in hand with PTSD, a person who suffers from PTSD needs to be treated as a whole, not just for PTSD.


Sources – American Psychiatric Association, DSM-5

Treatment Centers

We are always looking for more facilities and programs that can help. We will list them here as we find them.
  • AddictionCenter – No matter where you live, there is a drug rehab center that can help you overcome your addiction. They can help you find treatment based on your location, budget, and specific needs and help you get started quickly.
  • The Dog Alliance – Unleashing the therapeutic power of dogs
  • Camp Hope – Provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD. Houston, Texas
  • DrugRehab.com – Changing lives through addiction care and education. Information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and related conditions. Call 24/7 at 1-855-857-1913.
  • Give an Hour – “Give hope. Give help.” Locations throughout the USA.
  • Harth Foundation – Burnet, TX
  • Headstrong – Provides post-9/11 military veterans with free mental health care that works.
  • Help for Heroes – Supporting those who served
  • Hope for Heroes – Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care, Austin, TX
  • Hounds For Heroes – Pet Therapy
  • I’m Alive – Get connected with a crisis center in your area. 1-800-784-2433
  • Make the Connection – Shared Experiences and Support for Veterans
  • Prevention Hotline – If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
  • Refuge Counseling Center – Conroe, TX. This is a Veteran owned company, who are fully aware of the trials you face when trying to reconnect after spending time in a war zone.  They understand when you say that you are afraid to go to sleep, or have extreme anxiety getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. They understand when you say that you can’t talk to your spouse, or that your children are afraid of you. Then even understand when you say that you have overwhelming thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Soldiers’ Angels – Has programs to support military families, deployed service members, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras. Our programs are broken into categories based on the population they serve. Most of our programs could not be possible without the support of our wonderful Angel volunteers who dedicate their time, money, and talents to the organization.
  • Tania Glenn & Associates, P.A. – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment, Austin, TX
  • Bloomington VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic – Bloomington VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Bloomington, VA
  • Coming Home Project – Home Office San Francisco, CA
  • David Lynch Foundation – Overcoming the Nightmare of Post-Traumatic Stress- Overcoming the Nightmare of Post-Traumatic Stress. Home Offices in New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA and Fairfield, IA
  • IASIS Technologies – In 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs and U.C. San Diego approved a study on the benefits of IASIS on U.S. Soldiers Suffering from Brain Injuries and PTSD. This statement is from V.A. Research Communications, March 2018.
  • Patrick Ryan McCaffrey Foundation – Long Beach, CA
  • US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – Center for PTSD
  • US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – Vet Center Home office Washington, DC
  • Vets4Warriors – They are here to provide support to the entire military community. This includes every active-duty military service member, National Guard and Reserves service member, veterans of every generation, as well as their family members and caregivers.  They serve you all; from those who have just put on a uniform, to the caregivers of veteran who has long since hung theirs up. They can connect with individuals via phone, chat, and email to provide support before challenges turn into crises. As active members of the community that they serve, they are humbled, honored, and proud to have earned recognition as the nation’s leading 24/7 military peer support program staffed by veterans.
  • Warrior’s Hope – Greenwood, IN
  • Wounded Warrior Project

More on PTSD

Medication

Chad died of multiple drug toxicity, also known as CDI (Combined Drug Intoxication), Lethal Polydrug/Polypharmacy Intoxication, MDI (Multiple Drug Intake). He had 12 different prescriptions for sleep and anxiety. 

 

Blindly throwing prescriptions at victims of PTSD and depression is a bad idea. There are many treatment methods that should be considered besides pills. 

 

These drugs can build up in your system over time, so even if they aren’t causing any trouble right away, their effects can creep up on you, and they can kill you.

Suicide

Suicidal thoughts are a clear indication that something is seriously wrong in a person’s life. 

 

No matter the race or age of the person; how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. 

 

The most common underlying disorder is depression, 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder.

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