Signs One May Suffer From PTSD As We Honor Our Veterans
While returning home for veterans can seem like a relief and reward for both veterans and their families, returning home is often very challenging when trying to acclimate to civilian life. In addition to these challenges is coping with psychological and emotional trauma of battlefield experiences and the toll it takes on their mental health. Unfortunately, many veterans either don’t know of or do not have affordable access to healthy coping mechanisms, so they resort to self-medication, such as alcohol and controlled substances. Here at Rebloom Inc. we offer therapy customized to our clients needs and in honor of Veterans Day have provided below signs that one may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Should you or a loved one be suffering from PTSD and need a healthy way to cope, please contact us to discuss further how we can assist you into blossoming into your best self.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This means that even months and years after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, a soldier may:
- Re-experience the event, in the form of flashbacks, intrusive (unbidden) memories, and nightmares; this may be enough to disrupt sleep or cause significant impairment in daily life
- Emotionally and behaviorally avoid people, places, things, or activities that are reminiscent of the traumatic event; the avoidance may be instinctive and compulsive, and may cause disruptions to daily life
- Be constantly tense and alert; the soldier may scare easily, overreact to neutral stimuli, be difficult to live with, and not be able to sleep at night because of constant hyperarousal (a specific cluster of symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. As the name implies, hyperarousal is the abnormally heightened state of anxiety that occurs whenever you think about a traumatic event.)