Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very serious condition that many veterans suffer from when they return from combat. It can make it hard for them to integrate back into civilian life. They may find it hard to socialize, work and even connect with loved ones.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that PTSD is different for everyone. It may show different symptoms and may be tied to exactly what type of experiences the soldier lived through. With that in mind, some potential symptoms include:
- Having flashbacks
- Feeling jumpy
- Having trouble concentrating
- Having trouble sleeping
- Being easily startled
- Having nightmares
- Always feeling irritated
- Suffering from mood swings
- Lashing out angrily at others, even loved ones
- Always feeling on guard or in danger
- Becoming upset by anything that reminds you of the event
- Suffering from vivid memories
- Feeling numb and emotionally distant from others
- Not caring about things you once loved
PTSD is tricky for outsiders to understand because it is largely an “invisible” injury. You may appear healthy. You may act fine some of the time. People may think you’re adjusting well. But PTSD can still take hold and it may be difficult to shake. At the times when it is at its worst, you may feel like it’s impossible to function, confusing those who previously thought you were doing fine.
We are learning more about this condition, its treatment options and how it impacts former soldiers. The knowledge base is increasing all the time. If you are suffering from PTSD or a related issue, be sure you know all of your legal options.