PTSD – The Silent Killer of Veterans
June is PTSD awareness month. 300,000 of the 1.7 million American service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD or major depression. 22 of these vets commit suicide every single day, 365 days a year. We’ve got your 6.
Here’s a brief overview of a veteran’s take on his PTSD
PTSD involves rocketing into extreme states of stress re-activity (in the form of terror, rage, and uncontrollable impulses). Also plunging into equally extreme states of being shut-down (exhaustion, emotional numbing, despair, and dissociation). From this vantage point, PTSD clearly is about much more than fear and anxiety. It involves the full range of emotions and undermining veterans’ health. As well as their ability to think clearly, to set and achieve goals, and to fully participate in and benefit from personal relationships. With PTSD there is a loss of self-regulation because the survival mechanism dominates how the veteran thinks, feels and behaves in every aspect of his or her life.
From a veterans’ standpoint, it’s all about safety and survival. A military member is trained to think in ways that keep them and others safe and alive. They don’t see their behavior as strange, but merely acting exactly how they were trained. They are military, it’s who they are. Their military training is what kept them alive in war. As a military member, they had to be able to respond to threats with minimal time to make the choice. Quick thinking and fast action gets results and saves lives. The problem is, there is little need for such decisive action in the civilian world.
To the military PTSD sufferer, the problem is the spouse or friend or family member who cries, who pushes, who nags, who says they need help. As a member of the military there is a common mentality that needing help makes you weak. So the PTSD sufferer sees those who want to “help” as the problem and the cause for pushing them to their limit. Explosive anger, well, heck, they are military, and that is a perfectly acceptable emotion and reaction to have.
Here are a few things that might help you recognize PTSD in a veteran friend or family member:
Our pledge from the Maxxx Nutrition Family:
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