What is PTSD?

Combat related Post Traumatic Stress or PTSD is the current term used to describe what had been referred to as "Soldier's Heart" or Shell Shock in the past. It describes the symptoms and behaviors that can follow exposure to traumatic event/s. At least a quarter of combat veterans have PTSD; those with Traumatic Brain Injuries or histories of childhood trauma are more likely to suffer from PTSD. Common symptoms include:


  • Repeated, Disturbing Memories, Thoughts or Images of the Stressful Experience

  • Sleep Disturbances Including Dreams about the Traumatic Experiences and Trouble Falling or Staying Asleep

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Emotional Numbness

  • Anger and Irritability

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Hyper Vigilance (being on red alert)

  • Feeling Jumpy or Easily Startled

  • Feeling Distant from Other People

  • Intrusive Thoughts or Flashbacks of Traumatic Experiences

  • Difficulty Trusting Others

  • Feelings that Your Life will be Cut Short

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