PTSD In Veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is common in those who return from combat. This is because they experience events that are life-threatening and often see traumatic injuries or lose friends. PTSD is a psychological condition. Your age, your sex, and a lot of other factors can affect whether or not you develop PTSD.

Here are some common symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

  • Reliving the experience (nightmares, flashbacks, distress, sweating, fast heartbeat)
  • Avoiding situations, conversations, and places that trigger memories of the event
  • Uncontrollable negative thoughts and feelings
  • Hyperarousal (jitteriness, trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, anger, irritability)
  • Reckless driving, drinking, smoking, doing drugs
  • Hopelessness, despair, shame, and anxiety
  • Employment difficulties
  • Relationship problems

When it comes to PTSD symptoms can start right away, or it can take years for them to happen. It is different for everyone and what might trigger those feelings to come to the surface.

Whether the symptoms are extreme or not can vary pretty randomly depending on what is going on, they are known to get worse around the anniversary of what might be the main event. PTSD can be managed with exercise, breathing mindfully, and even emotional connections.

PTSD and substance abuse disorders are actually closely linked. This is especially true when it comes to veterans. The average people with PTSD are two to seven times more likely to struggle with substance abuse at some point as well. Twenty-seven percent of veterans that have been diagnosed with PTSD have substance abuse disorders.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can really disrupt someone’s life and make it hard for them to live day to day. They can come at any time and be explosive in manner. Often veterans with PTSD use the drugs and alcohol to cope with the symptoms of having PTSD.