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Old 09-11-2019, 04:02 PM
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Cool PTSD and "today's answer"

Sadly, the answer inside is much worse than the so-called "answers" we have outside. PTSD isn't that's unique or new. It's been called so many different names over the decades. Nor is it limited to those of us who have served, however, methods, treatments and answers have by far not been as glamorous or glory filled as cancer. What's so ironic is when asked we lace the boots and grab our weapons for war, most are respectful and acknowledge the service or sacrifice, but when comes to addressing the conditions that close to 80% of us return with. We see the consequences of that the number of those incarcerated as well as the rates of recidivism. The common answer seems to be "take two pills and call me in the morning". Just as it's important to understand our enemies, we have understand that there is no two individuals suffering with PTSD alike... 80% is a staggering number that require - no demand and deserve proper treatment.
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post traumatic stress disorder, is defined by a set of reactions that can occur after someone has been through a traumatic event. The chance of developing PTSD depends on the type of event experienced, About 5 to 10% of people will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.


The main symptoms of PTSD are:
Re-living the traumatic event through distressing, unwanted memories, vivid nightmares and/or flashbacks. This can also include feeling very upset or having intense physical reactions such as heart palpitations or being unable to breathe when reminded of the traumatic event.
Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, including activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings that bring back memories of the trauma. These evens cannot be avoided in a war or prison environment. ( the army person or prisoner relive these events on a daily bases)
The person may experience negative thoughts and feelings such as fear, anger, guilt, or feeling flat or numb a lot of the time. They may blame themselves or others for what happened during or after the traumatic event, feel cut-off from friends and family, or lose interest in day-to-day activities.
They may feel wound-up. This might mean having trouble sleeping or concentrating, feeling angry or irritable, taking risks, being easily startled, and/or being constantly on the lookout for danger. It is not unusual for people with PTSD to experience other mental health problems as well, like depression or anxiety. Some people may develop a habit of using alcohol or drugs as a way of coping. The only problem with drugs and alcohol is that it makes them feel worse once the effects wear of and then they end up needing more to gain that same feeling of euphoria and eventually either die of an overdose or alcohol related liver failure or alcohol poisoning.
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