Today, there are many terms to describe combat trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Operational stress. These struggles are what many servicemen and women deal with after exposure to life threatening situations. Whether one witnesses, or is directly involved with the event, it can have profound psychological effects on the individual. Click here to complete a Post-Traumatic Stress Self Assessment.
Combat trauma and/or PTS leaves SM/Vets with painful symptoms such as flashbacks, avoidance, isolation, and hyper-arousal reactions including anger outbursts, tension and hyper-vigilance. These emotional and behavioral changes can have devastating effects on someone’s interpersonal life, but also their family and work life as well. If left untreated, PTS can spiral into other problems such as panic disorder, substance abuse, depression, and suicidal feelings.
Spouses and children can be greatly affected by these invisible injuries and their side effects. How? A spouse may become a “caregiver” and have to abandon the role as wife or husband, in order to deal with the daily crisis resulting from untreated PTS, while a child, whose parent has PTS, may develop anxieties and self esteem issues.
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