EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT PTSD IN MILITARY
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after experiencing something traumatizing. Among the militants, it’s referred to as a shell shock; when a militant experiences upheaval events. It may be physical injuries or emotional trauma.
When on a mission, the nervous system will automatically get awoken to survive. After the danger passes, the nervous system adjusts the body to a normal state. However, if the trigger is catastrophic, the militant remains in the “shock” state. If not addressed, the condition can lead to depression.
This article gives insights on the disorder; how to identify and how to go about it.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
• Feeling on edge and always ready to react
• Angry and random outbursts and sometimes violence
• Withdrawing from activities, family and friends
• Vivid re-plays of the event via dreams, flashbacks and thoughts
• Burying themselves in work to try and shun the distress
• Involving in drug abuse
• A random feeling of emptiness, unworthy or the dire need to harm yourself
DEALING WITH IT
Although PTSD doesn’t have a cure, it’s manageable. Below are some treatment guidelines;
• The first step is acceptance; you need to accept that you need help
• Seek medical attention; some prescriptions will be administered by a physician, for example, anti-depressants to help you deal with anxieties and insomnia. Secondly, enroll in therapy, counseling will help you to let go
• Avoid isolating yourself; this is the time to engage with family, friends and to join support groups
• Engage in vigorous exercises; this step will benefit you in two ways. First, engaging in workouts and physical activities will help you in body concentration, the high breathing rate and fast heartbeat may trigger the body to get out of shock. Secondly, when experiencing the intrusive re-visits, the body movement and vigor serves as a great distraction
• Invest in meditation, and reconnecting with your inner self, while at it, focus on the positive things. Such activities will help you relax and give you control over outbursts and anger
• Keep in touch with reality, take note of your current physical environment and the activities, this will help you in pushing the flashbacks and be conscious that that’s just a past event
Militants who have PTSD can continue working as long as he/she keeps it under control. However, if the disorder affects their judgment and reactions, then they are relieved from duty. A military medical report of a disability discharge is issued to relieve you of your obligations.
Veteran Association aims at serving, compensating and restoring rights to a veteran. PTSD wasn’t viable to the veteran association as a disability; it was not until the Vietnam War that mental health awareness led them to incorporate it as worth of V.A claims.
There are specific steps for a veteran to qualify as a disclaimer. First, they must prove that the shock occurred on a mission during service and secondly prove how it disoriented their life. That aside mental health awareness should be taught to veteran’s families and relatives to avoid stigmatization, depression and equip them with necessary skills to offer ample support to veterans following this condition.