PTSD Signs to Watch For if You’re a Veteran


PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is very common in War Veterans. Do you feel sometimes that there is something going on with yourself after serving the military but not sure about it? Please continue reading.

With the hurly-burly of your daily routine, it can be hard to spot if you yourself is struggling with PTSD. In our daily association with our dearest ones, we sometimes get the wrong impressions with each other resulting to inevitable situation and then conflict happens. Then, you ask yourself, “Is there something wrong with me?” Others asked, “Are you alright? You are not yourself lately?” Perhaps the tension that you worry is you may be feeling the effects of PTSD.

You may be in denial now if you have it. There are some PTSD signs that can clue you in. If you’re a service member returned from a deployment and experiencing difficulty in sleeping, sometimes you wake up in cold sweat and fighting an illusory foe, well my buddy, PTSD may be the culprit.

In other times, you withdraw from activities that you enjoyed before. You notice you’re having nightmares and trouble going to sleep. You’re occasionally insensitive and could appear nervous, bothered, mad or grumpy. You could mistake this PTSD signs as everyday stress because these PTSD symptoms are milder.

Well Chums, you can differentiate it like this: everyday stress is not long lasting. You may feel in a jumble, restless and have trouble asleep because of stress in your life, situation at work, or in a relationship blues. Remember that stress is only temporary. Stress mends and does not shape our daily life routine in a major way. Stress also may not come from a particular traumatic incident. This is not the case with PTSD. A PTSD symptom continues longer than the average stress episode.

PTSD according to the experts.

As per to Mayo Clinic, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a frightening event — either by experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, chief said that PTSD is an overexpression of normal mental and physiological processes, namely the fight-or-flight response. “If you think about what happens when you’re in significant danger, your body has a whole host of reactions.” These reactions ready you to either fight or flee a hazard and include a flood of hormones that set you on high alert and prepare your body for a fight or to run. These responses can save your life in a life-threatening situation, but too much of a good thing can be bad. For statistics, you read more information here.

What are the signs you must watch if you think you may be experiencing what I mentioned above?

  • Flashbacks
  • Disturbing memories
  • Re-occurring nightmares
  • Insomnia/difficulty staying asleep
  • Strong distress or irritability
  • Intense reaction reminded by the trauma
  • Avoidance
  • Irritability or rage
  • Emotionless
  • Hopelessness of the future
  • Failure to remember fragments of the traumatic event
  • Stimulated anxiety symptoms
  • Emotional detachment from others
  • Always “on alert” or “on guard” – Hypervigilance
  • Developing a destructive addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts

You who suffered traumatic events from your military service may struggle adjusting and coping. Then again, with time and self-care, you can get better. If the symptoms listed above gets worse, taking longer maybe for months or in years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you my friend may have PTSD.

If you believe that you have PTSD, seek help immediately. The earlier you give attention to the PTSD, the easier for you to recover. Help is out there for you. You can live a blissful life and go back to what you are before your trauma happened if you take action right away.

So do you think you are showing signs of PTSD? Speak to a mental health professional or, if you must talk to someone about your condition, call the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255. And remember, you are not alone in this journey!

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