Veterans were in service to their country.
They deserve to have their mind & life back when they return.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a debilitating condition that can manifest as suicidal tendencies, suicidal thoughts, threats of self-harm, depression, despondency, lack of motivation, insomnia OR lethargy, flashbacks that provoke reactions to incidents or items reminding their mind of the trauma (ie, triggers), and a general feeling (that can seemingly come and go) that nothing is worthwhile, good, or positive in their life.
One does not have to be a veteran to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Other common victims of PTSD can be rape victims, childhood abuse victims, or any person whose mind cannot resolve a particular trauma in their life. The type of trauma is not important - because one person's headache can be another person's migraine - but the duration and subjective severity of the incident(s) may be clues to the depths of the PTSD reach. What IS most important are the feelings of powerlessness and unresolved or unexpressed emotions that remain in the victims mind.
Well-intentioned friends or family or even the PTSD sufferer may wonder why they cannot just "get over it" or "move on" or the sufferer may even try very hard to "pretend their way" through it or think they can "fake it til they make it." The trauma sufferer may resort to alcohol, drug abuse, self-mutilation, or eating disorders in order to numb out or stop the psychological whirlwinds.. The danger in using these aids (that may work for a while) are potentially harmful or lethal repercussions on the body or aggravation of the emotional state when NOT using these methods; OR...more and more extreme or doses or fixes may be needed which can eventually either lead to death or long term consequential psychiatric problems. Secondary or tertiary psychiatric problems may then lead to a more difficult treatment for the eventual eradication of the PTSD or to a hastening of suicidal tendencies or actions.
If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD or suicidal thoughts or tendencies, or you feel as if no resources are available to you, I encourage you to call