Many military service members, especially those transitioning back to civilian life, often grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition also referred to as shell shock. This condition is prevalent among individuals who have undergone a traumatic event.
Veterans, in particular, are frequently exposed to war zones, training incidents, and life-threatening experiences, making them susceptible to PTSD. Symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, and heightened anxiety. Military service ranks as one of the leading causes of PTSD. Fortunately, with proper self-care, veterans dealing with PTSD can enhance their quality of life.
PTSD can manifest in various ways for veterans. They may avoid places, people, or situations that trigger memories of the traumatic event, and they might be emotionally reactive and constantly vigilant. These manifestations can lead to challenges such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, concentration issues, and hypervigilance. Additionally, it is not uncommon for veterans to experience suicidal thoughts.
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