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PTSD Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

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PTSD Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions
An Iraq war veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army. Photo by Sharon McBride Fort Richardson PAO.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.

Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events can include:

  • Combat or military exposure
  • Child sexual or physical abuse
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.
  • Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake.

After the event, you may feel scared, confused, and angry. If these feelings don't go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.

For a more information, please see our fact sheet What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What treatments are available for PTSD?

There are many types of treatment for PTSD. You and your doctor will discuss the best treatment for you. You may have to try a number of treatments before you find one that works for you.

A type of counseling called cognitive-behavioral therapy and medicines known as SSRIs appear to be the most effective treatments for PTSD. Treatment can help you feel more in control of your emotions and result in fewer symptoms, but you may still have some bad memories.

How do I locate specialists or support groups for PTSD?

If you are in an immediate crisis, please go to your nearest Emergency Room or call 911.

Although the Center does not provide any direct clinical care, we provide links and information to help you locate mental health services in your area. See our fact sheets on:

  • Finding a Therapist

I am an American Veteran. Who do I contact for help with PTSD?

You can contact your local VA Hospital or Veterans Center located in your telephone book, or call the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS. In addition to its medical centers, VA also has many CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics) around each state so you can look for one in your community. You can also use any of the information on treatment for the general public.

For online help, the VA also offers the MyHealtheVet and Seamless Transition websites. Please also see Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

As an American Veteran, how do I file a claim for disability due to PTSD?

A formal request ("claim") must be filed by the veteran using forms provided by the VA's Veterans Benefits Administration. After the forms are completely submitted, the veteran must complete interviews concerning her or his "social history" (a review of family, work, and educational experiences before, during, and after military service) and "psychiatric status" (a review of past and current psychological symptoms, and of traumatic experiences during military service). The forms and information about the application process can be obtained from Benefits Officers at any VA Medical Center, Outpatient Clinic, or Regional Office.

The process of applying for a VA disability for PTSD can take several months, and can be both complicated and quite stressful. The Veteran's Service Organizations (VSOs) provide "Service Officers" at no cost to help veterans and family members pursue VA disability claims. Service Officers are familiar with every step in the application and interview process, and can provide both technical guidance and moral support. In addition, some Service Officers particularly specialize in assisting veterans with PTSD disability claims.

Even if a veteran has not been a member of a specific Veterans Service Organization, the veteran still can request the assistance of a Service Officer working for that organization. In order to get representation by a qualified and helpful Service Officer, you can directly contact the local office of any Veterans Service Organization — or ask for recommendations from other veterans who have applied for VA disability, or from a PTSD specialist at a VA PTSD clinic or a Vet Center.

Do you have brochures/handouts/videos available?

Any material on our website is free for you to use, reproduce, and distribute as needed (in the Public Domain). The National Center for PTSD's website contains information created by experts: fact sheets, handouts, award winning educational videos, web based course material (PTSD 101), manuals, guides, and MORE! These materials cover a range of audiences (veterans, families, clinicians, health care providers, researchers) and a range of topics (war, natural disaster, terrorism, assault and abuse).

Does the National Center for PTSD publish any journals? How do I subscribe?

Yes, the National Center publishes some regular publications, and our staff regularly publishes in major journals. All are available to download from our website. Use our advanced search to locate articles and chapters written by staff at the National Center for PTSD.

The PTSD Research Quarterly contains review articles on specific topics related to PTSD, written by guest experts. Each article contains a selective bibliography with abstracts and a supplementary list of annotated citations.

The Clinician's Trauma Update (CTU-Online) provides summaries of clinically relevant publications. Links to the full article (PDF) or to the abstract are available.

The NCPTSD Clinical Quarterly archives are available (1990-2003). The CQ was published by our Education Division and addressed the needs of practicing PTSD clinicians and program administrators.

How do I locate books on PTSD?

You can contact your local library for books or articles on trauma, PTSD, and related subjects. The National Center for PTSD's PILOTS database is another way to locate information. It is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on traumatic stress. You can search for citation information and electronic links to full text articles. The National Center for PTSD's Resource Center houses this information at our Executive Division in VT. Also see our recommended reading lists.

I am a professional who would like to know what training is available from the National Center for PTSD.

The National Center for PTSD now offers PTSD 101, an online web-based training course on traumatic stress. Many other training videos and materials are also available on our site. Our Education Division offers an on-site clinical training program in the treatment of PTSD. The training program is 35 hours long, and is approved for category 1 continuing medical education credit. We also provide Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs and Internships.

For more information, see Training Opportunities at NCPTSD.

As a professional, I need to locate a specific assessment instrument for PTSD. How do I do that?

Assessment instruments created by National Center for PTSD staff, such as: the CAPS, CAPS-CA, and TESI-C, can be requested online through the National Center for PTSD website.

 

From the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, US Department of Veterans Affairs. www.mentalhealth.va.gov.

For in-depth information on PTSD and TBI, see BrainLine Military's feature here.

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Went to the gulf war with 3rd infantry division, stayed in bio hazard suit for days, had to take the pills and got a bio hazard shot, and was caught in a friendly fire incident when a private discharged his weapon in the Bradley fighting vehicle right next to me. Then he pulled the pin on a grenade playing with it. Talk about stressful. I got into Kuwait and saw all the burned bodies in vehicles I ever want to see. I was out on perimeter security for so long in the pitch black I started imagining things that weren't there. I got home and became physically ill. And the nightmares started, insomnia, anger, anxiety and depression. I did not trust anyone. My family suffered because I didn't know how to relate how I was feeling. Some days I could not go out to go to work. After over 20 years my wife gave me a choice: get help or else. She was the only one working and that made life hard on her. I did get diagnosed with ptsd, went to Texas rep to apply for compensation and he told me "yes, you went to war but you did not get a combat infantry badge, so sorry about your luck but it is not going to happen." Wow, I wish I would have been killed over there, Is this how America treats the Combat vets? On the other hand I should have went AWOL. Life for me and my family has been horrible. Maybe I will get lucky and die and the nightmares of the hell we have been through will be over!! Thanks for nothing America. I am no better off than I was before I asked for help: broke, hungry and unemployable. CG X-Sgt/E-5

Jan 31st, 2017 2:04pm

Hey..my name is Judy..first of all..I want to Thank You Sir for your service and for protecting us from harm Sir. Wow! Sounds like you need to just find a nice beautiful warm place to live away from all worries and stress. I hate that you guys have to go through this crap. Please be good to yourself. Ask God to guide you and protect you..and he will. I know things are hard but if I were in your shoes I would move where there is nature or move where there is ocean and beauty.

Jan 24th, 2017 9:46am

Well I believe I've had anxiety PTSD since 1966 when I was going to school when I was in the Marines at Camp Pendleton that was my first anxiety attack had no idea why or what it was. Went to Vietnam October 1967 while I was over there in January of 68 I got knocked out for one more round I assumed it was a concussion one person died head blown off the other person eardrums gone and I got thrown into a B-52 crater. Had a headache for over a month all the corpsman would do for me was give me Darvin. For my headache since I was in combat after that till I left in 68 October off and on I would have startle response heart palpitations didn't know what it was when I was getting my physical to get out I told the physician I was giving me my out physical about how I felt what was going on and you wanted to keep me in the Marine Corps until they figured it out I begged him know please let me get out and he agreed. Put on my medical records palpitations and see the VA if it continues so I got out a temper was pretty bad my marriage wasn't working out too good never hit my wife or anything and I have one daughter. So after 6 months could get a job I decided to go into the army went to Germany I was still having the anxiety which I didn't know that's what it was called and palpitation rapid heartbeat startle response and very anxious at times. The stupid thing I did I decided to go back to Vietnam and I did not combat really there anymore I was in 1st Cav 3rd Brigade. Just a lot of heroin addicts and drunks that was about it 10 months later I came home stay in the Army for 2 more years got out but all the time while I was in the army every once in awhile I would get these really bad panic attack which they said was anxiety and I was scared a lot don't know why. At the time. Then I got out of the military got a job with the Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego and things were gradually getting worse as far as my panic attacks uncontrolled anxiety and I didn't know what to do the first doctor I saw about it said I would have the Vietnam syndrome I told him he was full of shit I didn't care about Vietnam and had to be something else. He told me to go to the VA and seek treatment I refused and got another doctor this was Kaiser Hospital and he told me the same thing all they asked me was have you been to Vietnam yes but that is not the problem. So I finally got another doctor and they started treating me of course they're giving me every drug in the world so I could psychotropic which made it even worse eventually I had to retire for a short. Time couple of years and I finally took it anxiety and what they now call PTSD I still for 20 years refuse to believe that's what it was PTSD even though it cost me my marriage few of them never reverted alcohol or drugs illegal drugs just was completely confused and hurting bad format anxiety Then I had returned to work felt a lot better for a while got married again this was my third marriage and my wife at the time showing the Navy she was a nurse and we had a daughter I had 30 years I was 47 and I retired all this time I'm still having problems my ex-wife got station in Washington I was seeing a Navy social worker retired corpsman hand Vietnam veteran he read my medical records and said I should go to the VA but go to the DAV first and have them give me some doctor appointment at the VA so I guess then they saw me 1 Hart Dr and a psychiatrist all the sudden 8 months later they said they were going to give me 40% I swear to God I did not care about the money but they were willing to treat so I let them treat me I quit seeing the Navy about it and I believe that was part of my downfall for all the medication they were giving me except I needed something they wanted to give me electric shock therapy which I would let them do I was in the hospital for about two-and-a-half months under all kinds of medications they were trying the head psychiatrist of that department said I had the worst case she has ever seen with PTSD that didn't make me feel too good for saying that. So they sent me home finally which didn't help my marriage out much now remember I never used illegal drugs and I did not drink I'm still that way I don't drink I've never used illegal drugs even marijuana. But my problem never left me I try to deal with it I wanted to kill myself few times I really wish I had because it drives me crazy every day I have to take a little Valium and few other medications not bad though. Well years of gone by now I've been divorced again I'm friends with my ex wives believe it or not and I love all my kids I have 5 my daughter is a first lieutenant in the Marines I don't know why she joined. And my other two sons are professionals police officer and fireman. I'm going through something now it's kind of strange. I'm sure some people have been treated the VA will understand this. With all my trouble have anxiety PTSD whatever you want to call it and I also have a social worker my son called me up in November of 2014 to help him on the roof of the house for splicing a cable in I went over there I did it and I fell 10 feet thought I was ok but decided to go to the VA and have them look at me they did and get over this and not go into detail about the whole thing they said I had two cracked ribs actually I had 12 broken scapula Nemo hemothorax and I was dying this was 10 days later after they said there was nothing wrong with me I was putting on my daughter's rank in Quantico and I felt like I was dying went to the hospital I said I was but they wouldn't let that happen and they cut me open and drain my lungs out 3000 cc's of blood and then I had all these tubes coming out of me and I had to come home back to California from Virginia. So I got a lawyer if I filed a claim and they sell it in the hospital while I was there I was having flashbacks which I didn't have for a long time I've ever really bad might have been the morphine I don't know. Anyways Got Back i7 with the VA 135000 then they did it to me again gave me the wrong medication didn't matter to me and I crashed into 7 cars all due to the medication they gave me all they say is I'm sorry and I'm going to file another claim against them but I'm not going to go there anymore I'll be really stupid to do that. But the whole reason I'm writing this out is they took my driver's license away which is understandable the police didn't know if I had a stroke or anything like that but when I was in Vietnam on my first part of this message I'm writing I told you I had a concussion up sometime well now they give me an MRI because of the accident because my doctor was not going to sign off on me until I had an MRI and a few other test to see if I was alright. Turned out no surprise to me that I had really bad frontal lobe damage do that concussion and they weren't going to give me my license back because of that so all those years later they find out I have frontal lobe do or what they call now TBI so finally they did give me my license back the neurologist said we'll keep an eye on you to see how you're doing and that's where I stand right now I still have the anxiety everyday now I know the traumatic brain injury didn't help me out and that's probably what caused a lot of my trouble even though being in Vietnam and seeing all that death and causing all that death didn't help me either I like I said I didn't drink I didn't use drugs and I did work and I did try to raise my kids the best I could even though I got divorced so here I sit again hopefully I won't think about killing myself but I just get so tired of it been a long time no hear I remember my first anxiety attack was not in Vietnam was at Camp Pendleton don't know why thank you I don't know if this will go through don't even know who's going to read it if I even got it all right spelling it I'm talking into my phone trying to correct it as I go thank you

Jan 19th, 2017 2:44am

To the October, 2016 writer. I had similar thing happen to me in same area of country. I'm sorry the police sided with the abuser in your case and hope you have no contact with the abuser at all.

Jan 17th, 2017 3:57am

The best solution for PTSD I have ever found is a service dog that also provides protection.  Once I had my protection dog in the house I could actually sleep better and that has helped me think more clearly each day and learn new techniques for managing PTSD.

Get a protection dog, he always has your back!

Jan 6th, 2017 11:16am

I was beaten, kicked in my forehead, kicked in my ribs and finally he tried grabbing me off the ground by my head, shaking it to the point i felt my brain move. The saddest part is the San Diego Police sided with my abuser which only added to the pain. I was never offered medical attention even though the police were told of the beating i endured. Its been over 2 years but I only seem to be getting worse. I wake up and wish i was somewhere else or times i try and pretend im in a safer time in life. Having traumatic brain injury is hard enough but the unique situation I went through with the police has made me cringe when i see them now. The thing no one understands is THEY did that to me by the way they mishandled it yet im wrong for feeling how I do. I also suffer from flashbacks in the shower as the same guy assaulted me there. PTSD is so hard to have but im so grateful for articles etc so I can learn about what im going through. God bless us all....

Oct 12th, 2016 7:53pm

My 30 yr brother served 8 yrs and has been out for 4 yrs. He was diagnosed with PTSD at the lowest percentage. He told me the counselor was even hesitant on diagnosing him with PTSD. He is married with children and holds down a full time job. I do believe in PTSD, but not sure how much I should allow him to act out towards us. He and his wife attack my mom verbally if she doesn't send them money. So he gets angry and will ignore her calls, and then he and his wife blamed it on his PTSD. He recently verbally attacked my 19 yr old daughter saying she needs to tell him to his face if she doesn't want to speak to him and his wife. She doesn't want to speak to him because he had an outburst about her not having time between college and work to drop off a car seat to his wife. Once again he and his wife said it was due to PTSD. I have now offered to help them in anyway I can. I'll meet with his counselor if he has one, anything. His response it's to late he doesn't need our family's help. His wife's, she has her vet wives support and doesn't need his family to help. I'd like to hear from those who have dealt with PTSD. Should I walk away or force help. Is it wrong for me to feel he and his wife use PTSD to act out. If I'm wrong I'm will to take the backlash. I just want to do what's right for my brother.

Aug 15th, 2016 3:48pm

My brother has been out of the marines going on four years after serving 4 years. He was diagnosed with a low percentage of PTSD about a year ago. He told me they were even hesitant on even diagnosing him with PTSD. He has a wife, children, and holds down a full time job. Honestly, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this whole thing, and would like some input. Even if it is just backlash. My brother and his wife tend to get mad at us for not always doing what they want. If my mother won't send them money he lashes out and they both blame it on PTSD. He has recently verbally attacked my daughter for not finding time between college and work to drop a carseat to his wife. Now I did jump in on that one and asked why his wife couldn't pick it up. Again, we weren't being sensitive to his PTSD. I have now reached out and said I'll help him. I said I'll visit with his counselor if he has one. I'll do anything. His response is he doesn't need my help. His wife's, she has her vet wives and doesn't need help from his family. I would like to hear from those who has dealt with people with low percentage PTSD. Should I walk away or force help. Am I wrong in feeling he and his wife are using PTSD to act out. I'm opening to any comments even the backlash, lol.

Aug 15th, 2016 3:26pm

I served in Vietnam 68, 69 and 70. I cannot recollect any of the bases I was at. I had to contact a friend and he sent me an email of bases on my tours of Southeast Asia. The only memory that haunts me day and night is incoming 122mm rockets. One was so close it knocked me out. When I woke up I visualize a duce and a half truck on fire and flight line something on fire. My post was a bunker, sandbags surrounding me were thrown out. My m-16 and m-60 were not in my bunker. Lucky yes, all I remember was the impact of the rocket. There was never a report, never went to infirmary, never got checked out. Day and night I constantly hear the impact of 122mm rocket. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD yet no disability. Tinnitus disability, otisis externa fungus was told by infirmary, but no record on that available. My records from1971 to 1999 lost, told they were retired.

I enlisted, no questions when it came for duties in the United States, no questions asked when it came time to do my job or duties in Vietnam. I signed an oath, but an oath to be treated this way? My country ordered me to perform my duties, and now I have asked for my questions to be answered. What went wrong? For one who has been in Vietnam in a combat zone and in combat it never leaves. Why would I lie? How can I make up such a story? Where is the help from Veterans Affairs? If this veteran has turned every possible of evidence why don't they believe me? I will stop fighting for my disability, this disability I didn’t cause. I did not cause actions in Vietnam .And here I am the VETERAN, VICTIM, with absolutely no defense that I can prove how I feel. My body is mine my brain sends messages and that is how I know something is wrong with me. I was once owned by the military and was called a soldier, but now I am called by last four of my social security number or my claim number. I ask how could VETERANS AFFAIRS FORGET WHO WE WERE, LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND IN WAR OR CONFLICT. No, Veterans Affairs has not kept their promises for x soldiers as I.

Aug 13th, 2016 1:02pm

I'm 25 years old I have night terrors as early as I can remember. I wake up every day burning with rage and I feel like I want to cry. my father abused me my mother and my sister. My mother was (still is) a drunk, my sister a drug addict who's been playing with death for years now. I've watched my friends be gunned down. I've lost family and friends due to a very cold world. I was neglected and abused and left to fend for myself. as early as 12 I was kicked out of my home or running away I went to prison at 17 for a fight at school the kid was hitting his girlfriend and I just snapped in that instant I just remember My dad hurting my mom and I lost it...I have 2 little girls now and I don't know what to do..there always asking me why I'm so mad but I just can't answer that. I get mad when there nothing to get mad about. I feel like there nothing I can do and I cant control my rage.it could be something as little as not eating her diner and I snap...I see people bullying others i snap...I'll wake and go to the bathroom and I see myself in the mirror and I'm filled with rage. this is my cry for help and I feel like it's getting worse and worse. Please all I want is to go through life and enjoy it. I want my girls to understand life doesn't have to be bad.

Mar 27th, 2016 10:38am

At age 33 I feel like I'm 50, the 14 years served were filed with continuous preparation and serving in war time conflicts; these have made my life extremely difficult. I live life day by day and most are difficult. I take over 6 medications per day and sleep an average of 12 hours per week, which has completely inhabited my ability to keep meaningful relationships with both friends and family. Most days include nightmares, frequent migraines, and fatigue, which have made simple daily tasks extremely difficult to accomplish. I love serving my country, but have also realized that they do not serve me in return. Unfortunately, I have been medically retired after 14 years of active service due to medical conditions aggravated by service. I can not receive my retirement pay while receiving VA disability compensation, this not only makes my life more difficult, but poses a problem with the future recruitment of willing Americans to serve our country, if our country does not appropriately accommodate military veterans who were willing to sacrifice their lives in order to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic, why would they gave up their lives for this country. Why give non American citizen benefits? Why give everyone an education? Why give food stamps or additional aid, but take benefits from those who have given their lives or sanity for the sake of defending our country? Everyone should serve 2 years in the military to get a better understanding of our nations true values of honor, courage, and commitment. A higher education should be earned, so why do poverty level citizens have the means to attend higher education for free, while I risk my life to earn mine? Cutting funding should not start nor end with the compensation of our protectors, this should be a non negotiable item. Have you walked in the shoes of a service member? Have you taken a life to save a buddy or get to the next mission? Have you went without a shower for 6 months and came back home after war and felt that you no longer fit in? The reality is that I left to serve my county and never fully came back. I haven't been the same! The negative side effects of war aren't going away, but I would not change a thing. I am a patriot! A true American! The greater good is worth my sacrifice! America (the free world) continues to exist, because of our service members; without them it will not continue. I have been blown up, shot, and have lost meaningful relationships. I have received many honors to include a purple heart and a bronze star for my actions. I would do it again if asked without question! I only ask for our government to back the people who have given up the things that they have in order to protect our great country; rich, middle, and upper classes Americans. Without us you would no longer exist!

Feb 1st, 2016 12:08am

Hi all I have written a booklet to try and reach out and share my experience regarding being married to an ex soldier with PTSD it is on Amazon titled Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Married to a soldier by R L Nicholson please have a read as it may be helpful. Take care R L Nicholson

Dec 1st, 2015 9:59pm

I am the wife of an afghan vet who I met post service and married and we have two beautiful children. My husband is crippled with this illness and I completely understand were you are at. My best advice is to hang in there. It is hard I know but appreciate the time you have and understand if he didn't help others he may suffer more and then you may have more time with him but you would really be losing him mentally. I hope my message is clear it is hard when typing. Please continue to love and respect your honorable man for the duty he continues to do. If you were not strong enough to pick up the rest of the things that need to be done you would not be in his life or him in yours. Be thankful he is an upstanding man and be proud to be strong enough to be the one he counts on because whether he says it or not you would be his rock! I wrote a booklet about my experience and published it on amazon it is called Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disprder Married to a Soldier by R L Nicholson. Please feel free to check it out and I hope maybe some of my words have encouraged you Take care my thoughts and wishes are with you both

Dec 1st, 2015 9:55pm

I don't have ptsd but my husband who is a marine veteran is darkened by this horrible nightmare daily. Overall he has handled it well in comparison to other individuals/stories I have read and studied. I've only known him after the duty he served....in the beginning of our relationship it was like a secret he didn't want to share...I'm assuming b/c it was so fresh. Little things gradually surfaced that I admit were too big for me to accept and understand so I suggested(begged) him to try other avenues/outlets to release this info that I could not understand. HE DID IT!!! He dove into the local Vfw and now is the Commander and also started a VA club at our local community college. Hes also paid it forward numerous times helping other veterans secure benefits because it's so hard to accomplish but also because of his superior writing skills he knows what to write to get attention. However- I need help now because I feel like I've lost my true love because I sent him in a direction that I couldn't handle and now he's so busy helping others that he's lost focus to help me/us. Any suggestions or words of wisdom????

Sep 22nd, 2015 6:30am

I only found out in 2005 that we were allowed to claim disabilities, went though "Comp & Pen" with all the tests. They said I had Bi-polar 1, PTSD, hearing lose and tintannitus. For the next eight years I was told to be happy with what I got or I might lose it all, I didn't think it right they notice my Bi-polar 1 but not my PTSD. Now all vets I meet tell me to try to get it raised so I can get employability up to 100%. I remembered yesterday that the VA had me seeing a Psychiatrist in the 80's because I slept with my pistol under my pillow and a machete beside the bed, my ex-wife thought it funny one night as I slept to tie my hands together with the sash on her nightgown. I immediately started dreaming I was captured and woke up tearing off her gown off. Scared her so much she didn't sleep with me for two weeks. Can that be brought up and filed on for back pay? They still wasn't labeling it PTSD and it was the first time I found I could get a little bit of assistance from the VA...don't think anyone was filing for VA disability to get any kind of Compensation for PTSD then. I haven't been able to hold down a job for the last ten years either. Any help/ assistance would be greatly appreciated. James C.

Aug 1st, 2015 1:35am

I have PTSD from combat in Vietnam. I rode an M48A3 for approx. 16 months. My tank commander was KIA by an RPG, and my other 2 crew mates have since passed. After 46 yrs. of marriage, the love of my life wants a divorce. Why? Since returning from Vietnam and after discharge, I faced quite a bit of rejection from my peers and society in general. Consequently, I practiced avoidance and isolation for decades...that's the reason for the divorce. Although the VA provided me a 30% disability rating, I want a re-appraisal. I'm losing all I worked for during the last 46 yrs.

Jul 5th, 2015 8:01pm

i have a co worker who served in the Coast Guard. He says many things that I'm not sure if I believe. He says he has PTSD and that the VA told him he can't work. Not shouldn't work, but can't work. Is this something that the VA would say?

Dec 8th, 2014 9:09pm

YES SIR, IT IS COMMON. HE LOVES YOU. GET HELP AT THE V.A.

Dec 16th, 2013 3:14am

I am wondering if it is common for soldiers diagnosed w/PTSD to lash out (in various ways), at those who love them most. I have a nephew who just retired after 20 yrs. in the military who has done this very thing to me & our family. I have bent over backwards to help him any way I could throughout his whole life, I love him dearly as I consider him to be 'my first child.' Recently, he has taken to posting some very vile & hurtful things on a social network that he knows darn good & well would deeply upset me & my family. And, it's not just a few things here & there, it's as though he 'locks in' & does this non-stop. After deleting him so I no longer have to see it, he has now accused me of being "disloyal" & "traitorous." I can't even begin to explain how hurtful it was hearing those words from him. We are currently not speaking because I just can't take his vitriol anymore. Can this behavior be attributed to PTSD? I'm at my wits end & don't know how to deal with him any longer, needless to say, I am completely broken-hearted that he would think such a thing much less say it. Don't know what to do or how to handle this.

Oct 26th, 2013 11:06pm

Call this # 8773414754 x 7023. ALPHA VETERANS DISABILITY ADVOCACY (SHELTON, CT) They work hard for the VET.

Oct 8th, 2013 9:34am

I'm also a Vietnam combat Vet, served 1967 thru 1968 Nam unit A Troop 1st. Squadron 10th Cav. 4th Infantry Div, one platoon search and destroy missions in the Central Highlands and 6 man recon. I was in plenty of fire fights and death was all around me. While I was in Nam we never showerd ate sea rations everyday, stayed in the jungle for months unless medivac out by gun ship. Sleep was so precious because breaking jungle all day and set up clay moore mines and trip flares every night. The constant death I lost myself I didn't care if I was killed because my best buddy was killed and I became angry and full of rage at the enemy VC or NVA. I no longer had the fear when like I had when I first arrived in country. Came home to and got married that didn't last I had no sensitivity or feeling of love just anger and sleepless nights, did take shit from anyone. My marriages didn't last, relationships came and left I felt numb inside no feeling just the rage and jobs came and left due to my violence behavior. In 2008 I filed a claim for PTSD, malaria, hearing loss, skin rash my claim was denied stating my records were in a fire denied. I feel sorry for the families who have to deal with a Vet with PTSD our government estimates 22 Vet's a day are committing suicide. It's crazy but when we come forward someone will say that's what combats about, they don't understand because they have never experienced it. After twice being denied and seeking one on one counseling and filing again after the session with the Doctor I was granted 30% servicce connected. I've destroyed so many lives because of the anger, rage, and detached emotionally to my own brothers and sisters and Dad and Mom, I just felt this was not my home and everything about me changed. I attend meeting every week with other vets and sometimes it helps but it will never go away. After all said and done I wish I would have never came home, I'm not afraid of death and living is difficult with the horrors we go through. For anyone who dealing with a Vet I can only say get help from someone who has been through it, so you also can understand what we go through. Manuel Jacques

Sep 8th, 2013 3:33pm

My husband hasn't been diagnosed with PTSD, however I do believe he may suffer from this. He served in the military for 7 years and spent a few years of that time in Iraq in active combat. He suffers from nightmares and nights sweats not always about war in general but most of the time it is. And like he has to sleep with one eye open. He always has severe mood swings. He can be so up and happy and the next moment he has complete rage is his eyes like he could kill.... Then he like snaps out of it and will began to cry and weep and fall to his knees and say "I don't understand what's wrong with me". He always complains of useless and helpless and like his world is falling down around him. He states he always feels like he a gloom around him and is doomed? I didn't know him prior to the war, but he tells me he never was like this or felt this way before he went over there. It has been several years since he has returned. He had always thought of seeking help but never has. And it is only progressing as the years go on...

Sep 7th, 2013 4:56pm

It's happening again, it's the anniversary of my Father's death and the same day I was raped 4 years later. I can't sleep, I begin to barricade myself in my apartment, I don't want to be alone, but I won't go anywhere to be around people, how messed up is that? I told my Dr today that I can't sleep and she prescribes me sleeping pills, fortunately they won't be in until tomorrow, because today I really want to sleep for along long time. I call my boyfriend that tells me he understands, but if he did he would be here at my side. I don't trust anyone right now. And I can't stop crying, even though there are no tears. And then I get a knock on the door from a young boy at my Church, who I happen to know has PTSD too, inviting me to movie night. I told him I needed rest, but also told him I would go. I find this site and read the words of my heart that others have written and realize... The PTSD is no longer just about me, there is a little boy at Church waiting to see my face, perhaps he needs a word of encouragement of how special he is, and that if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be going to Church tonight late for movie night. Instead I would be hopelessly barricading myself in my apartment. Bottom line we are all important to someone, even if we can't feel or see it at the time and all need each other and are interconnected in humanity as a Whole and now ask myself, how would I feel if that little boy just wanted to sleep tonight for a long, long time.

Jun 11th, 2013 7:14pm

I have never served in the military. I have had 4 deaths in my family of very close family members in a short period of time. I have been a part of actions that severely hurt others. I am not that person anymore, but I have terrible nightmares and don't like to go to sleep because of this. I have at times, and they are becoming much more frequent, what I call mental breaks. What can start out as the smallest of annoyances, turn into the likes of an atom bomb explosion. I feel like I'm outside of my body without any control over it. I black out and become a very very dangerous person, with no regard for human life.I don't want to be like this and I', afraid of what I will do. I don't know what to do about it, and it just seems to be getting worse. Any comments or ideas for help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

Apr 30th, 2013 8:02am

Neurofeeback is very effective for PTSD. That is brain wave biofeedback. Very relaxing for the central nervous system. Results last. I will see veterans for free. www.AlertFocus.com. You can find a free provider of neurofeedback near your at: http://www.homecoming4veterans.org/ Gary Ames 610.668-3223

Feb 4th, 2013 12:03pm

It would be nice to see a big section on what a spouse, child, family member has night terrors and has tried to bash my head in and last night had a death clench on my are, screaming, I got hurt. So why is this all about the Night terrorist and nothing to help those of us that get ambushed when we are asleep. The Vet Center could not understand why I don't want guns or baseball bats by his side of the bed, you know, "put yourself in his shoes". I have such bad secondary PTSD, father Pearl and a Purple Heart, husband Vietnam Medic and then a total of 40years as Paramedic/chief/ and son twice deployed and then they messed with him for a year, arrested him and took over a year to get his Honorable Discharge and his dd214. I have be through the ringer, am very physically sick with pancreatic disease and now am very afraid to sleep. This has damaged my family - you know the one we are fighting for - and you never mention help for the family that has been through sometimes years of abuse. We desperately need help with this also. The Military tends to forget all the "families who give so much" and that PTSD is spread thickly over WHOLE families. I am terrorized by war now, just like the Vets who have care and we are left to fend or not for ourselves. If a 16 year old can't access help for their father or brother, where do you think they should get help? Thanks for what work you have done. Sorry if you don't like my email, but let's tell the whole truth please.

Jan 10th, 2013 3:53am

I see several spouses feeling like they are alone with their spouse who suffers from PTSD. Please know that you are NOT alone!!! If you are on facebook, I have created a facebook page called I am the wife of a Veteran with PTSD. We are there to support one another and help each other through the ups and downs of PTSD. Also veterans are welcome as well...

Dec 21st, 2012 11:11pm

Can someone please give me any advise? My husband was diagnosed with ptsd back in 07. He got out of the Army in 10 and had been deployed to Iraq twice. We were separated for a little while 2 years ago because of his ptsd he refused to get any help well he ended up going to counseling for like 2 months and stopped. Well things are back to bad again or worse then before. He will snap at the smallest things even the kids giggling too loud. He is constantly yelling at the kids and using the F word while yelling at them. Tonight it was over our oldest whining about doing dishes and then of course we got into it and our oldest started crying and saying he didn't want to be here anymore. I made my husband go outside and talk with me, he says he is too broke and is unfixable. and that we would be better off without him and he isn't afraid to die. I really don't know what to do. I am going to call around tomorrow and hope to find a ptsd specialist. I told him i he wants our family to work he has to go no butts about it. please email me at montanagal78@yahoo.com if you have any advise. Thanks

Nov 30th, 2012 1:21am

My exhusband and I divorced in 2011, but remained close and worked together everyday. We basically raised our kids together and have a 6 year old we share. He went thru atleast 4 deployments in our marriage and then some. He retired after 21 years in service. We divorced due to his anger issues and he refused to seek help. After the divorce he started counseling and was diagnosed with PTSD. He only went to a few sessions (while lying to me that he was still going). He recently moved in with a lady and after drinking and arguing he took his life. PTSD is real, no amount of alcohol or drugs can fix it and bringing new people in your life and them not knowing what to expect is wrong. I am left in shock because he appeared to be happier than ever and even in a better place, but that is when we should be more concerned! I honestly believe that our service members should be required to more counseling and family counseling so that family members can make it known. I regret not calling someone to let them know when I noticed signs at first. Don't make the same mistake.

Nov 27th, 2012 2:53pm

I have a question; My brother is homeless and has never been in the military. He thinks he has PTSD, how can he get help if he has no income to pay for treatment?

Oct 12th, 2012 1:04pm

Hello, I am veteran of the Iraq war. I suffer from PTSD as well as my family. Remember it affects everyone. I remember joining the service. You put that uniform on, wear it so proudly. YOU are a professional, that's your business suit. People look at you with a sense of awe and wonder how they do it. You load up on the plane leaving everything behind. Soldiers are herded and rushed to the unknown, but one thing is a constant in every war or conflict...some are goining to make the ultimate sacrafice for all of us. Then guys come home, dazed and confused, lost, depressed and enraged. They have been rode hard and put away wet. The military is not for the weak. You run missions throughout the night, sometimes for days straight. There isn't overtime with pay in the service. You endure the roughest conditions. Places so hot or cold most would not go. You battle the rain, duststorms and yes fatigue. You can't call in sick. After what they've seen, done or experience... they often wonder " why do people fear death?", is it that they feel death will be unkind. "How do people love and cherish life?". "Why does someone come home only to feel an emptiness that they can't fill?". It's sad not because I served, but for all that have. If a vet stood up in a crowd and put a gun to his head, how many would come to his/her rescue. Would you reassure that person that its okay and you are not alone. They are this way because they leaped so proudly into the service to serve you. The only way to cure PTSD is for the world to change, I feel. Its okay to talk about a back injury or cancer but somehow not mental illness. People tend to avoid you, why is that? Why not listen and help someone break those shackles and chains that hold them captive. Are we that immature and selfish? Maybe we're not the one's in need after all. Cherish and honor your vets, the life you live is because of them. One thing I learned is that any day can be Veteran's day. For those who are suffering from PTSD, you are not the only one's that need change. They say you are afraid but what are they soooo afraid of perhaps. Hmmmm...there's a thought. We need to help the ones that are afraid to come forward. Sorry guys I know that this isn't a vent blot but it needed to be said. Thanks to all soldiers and vets, be safe and Godspeed.

May 23rd, 2012 10:49am

After 44 years of putting off going for help, I finally got into the VA healtchare system and was just diagnosed with PTSD from service in Vietnam in 1967. I suffer from anxiety attacks, sweats, nightmares, heightened vigilance, anger, distrust. I was in 3 hospitals while in the Marines and nearly died from medication in Guam. PTSD is real. Please if you have any of these symptoms or know of someone who does, get them to the nearest VA center for help. Thank you to all who served in our military and welcome home Nam vets...

May 23rd, 2012 5:53am

PTSD is real..i was diagnosid in 2008 my wife and kids and family brought it to my attention,,they said i was not the same after IRAQ. i have been hospitalized and sent to a treatment center..the meds and counslers and physcologist's is what helps me maintain. but i still have very bad days,sleep walk,nightmares and outburst of anger. but it would be alot worse if my family and friends had not talked me into seeking help...if you know ANTONE you think might have PTSD talk them into getting help and understand them when wierd things happen..mostly be there for them...

Mar 23rd, 2012 10:02am

PTSD IS FOR REAL I FOUGHT IN THE VIET NAM WAR IN 1967 I WAS IN THE INFANTRY I WAS WITH KILO COMPANY 3RD MARINE DIV WE WERE INVOLVED IN SEVERAL FIREFIGHTS IN WHICH I NEARLY GOT KILLED IN ONE OCCASION I HAD TO KILL TWO NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS IN A TREACH AFTER THEY TRIED TO SHOOT ME BUT MISSED OUR FIRE TEAM OF FOUR MARINES WALKED RIGHT INTO AN AMBUSH KILLING ZONE WE WERE FIRED UPON BY AT LEAST 12 ENEMY SOLDIERS WHO WERE WAITING FOR US IN A RICE FIELD THESE SOLDIERS WERE PART OF THE SAME UNIT WE GOT INTO A FIREFIGHT WITH THE NIGHT BEFORE I SURVIVED THE INITIAL FIRING BUT MY PARTNER MAC DID NOT HE WAS BLOWN AWAY RIGHT ABOVE MY FACE I CAUGHT SOME OF HIS BRAIN ON MY FACE EVERY TIME THIS EPISODE IS PLAYED IN MY MEMORY I FEEL A JOLT OF ANXIETY THAT IS BEYOND MY CONTROL AND I UNDERGO SPELLS OF DEPRESSION UNTIL I COPE WITH IT THE BEST WAY I CAN PTSD IS FOR REAL AND WILL EXIST IN THE MIND OF THE BEHOLDER UNTIL HE OR SHE DIES

Jan 3rd, 2012 2:38pm

After reading all the comments, tears came to my eyes.....I'm one of the statistics as well. Female, suffered many personal traumas, but my son who sustained a severe brain injury as an infant, on DOD property, the emotions 12 years later won't go away. Infact, anniversary time now of when he was in a coma - I'm horrible. I lash out at everyone, can't sleep or think properly, I am suspicious of everyone, trust nothing in the medical arena and can't stand myself these days.

Nov 16th, 2011 11:41am

My salute and honor goes to our troops in arms way. I now understand what so many of them endure. Until one suffers of something, it is difficult to understand what others go through. I suffer from PTSD now. I went through a very painful accident then survival for my life while hunting alone. As time went on after the accident and surgery, I found myself with drawing from the wife and family. I could not quit thinking about what I went through. I found myself crying again and again, because I knew something had changed about me. I was not the same and I could not quit thinking about what had happened to me. It was like I was trying to change what had happened so I could be normal again, physically and mentally. The harder I tried the worse it got. PTSD, yes there is such a thing.

Nov 14th, 2011 1:04pm

I have suffered from PTSD for a long time but Its gotten better. Due to this I am actually in school to do clinical psychology with extra attention to PTSD and I plan to work for VA hospitals. I promise that I will not be one of those doctors to overlook PTSD and send a soldier back into the field. PTSD is a difficult thing. I want to let everyone know here that PTSD does get better with time. Things I've used in the past or helped others use in the past are things such as: when in a disassociative state I try to bring myself or others back by having them sense something out of the ordinary. Give them ice to hold, touch something rough,have them smell something pungent. This is important because it brings you to the present. getting the person with PTSD as much physical touch as possible even if they don't want it. Massages, chiropractor,using oils to rub feet or hands. You can use the ice method for anxiety as well. Some people think breathing exercises are silly so I recommend while having an anxiety attack walking and paying close attention to how your feet touch the ground, how it feels to walk. If your not ready to go outside and walk sit in a chair and feel the chair. Feel how your butt feels in the chair, how your feet feel on the ground, how your spine feels. I would highly recommend horse back riding, or a dog for the person with PTSD. Horses are powerful creatures and you must earn their trust. The pure energy that a horse have while riding can significantly drop blood pressure. This also may be a good time to talk either to the horse or to a friend. (I hope to incorporate horses in my therapy with PTSD) Dogs provide much of the same relief. Music is major. Music I believe can help repair the brain of many things. Have music playing all the time. Not just your favorite music but classical music, music that makes you wanna dance (and you do!) some of the best music came out of the 60's 70's and 80's and is easy to find on pandora or youtube. Rock out to yourself for a while. Get IN to that music. Also Laugh. Go to a comedy club, or watch something halarious. These things above have proved to help me the most and help others that I've suggested this to. I am not a PhD yet but I am eagerly waiting to use all of these techniques in my office or out on a farm with my office at the farm. I didn't say anything about anger, but with the release of anxiety the anger gets better. I still have more to work on, and I didn't go into heavy detail here but I honestly feel like this is a start to how to treat people with PTSD. Implementing all of these things I believe will provide much needed relief. Most of all though, getting in to talk to a therapist is major. Look for people that will do their services on a pay scale if you don't have insurance.

Oct 8th, 2011 5:07pm

i think ive had ptsd since i was a little kid. since i was really young...

Aug 16th, 2011 6:40am

^^^ My boyfriend is like that. He suffers ALLOT with PTSD. How can I help him?

Aug 5th, 2010 8:00am

i know i am havin ptsd for almost 3 weeks now, i guess best is to talk it out to a therapist or someone who also has ptsd, give some time for the anger and frustration to vent out, cause the only question i get in my head is why did it happen to me' well all i can say now is it happend to all of us, and the only way out of it is give it some time..... meds are there to work but i dont want to take meds and later be all hooked to it, i have found exercising really helpful, and jus talking about it to as many ppl as i can sometimes it feel like i am collecting sympathy but the truth is i am trying get bored of it, and jus work keep the mind occupied for sometime till it passes, cause i know it will pass, after all there are going to be more tragedies in life...... but this will pass wit time.....

Aug 1st, 2010 11:53am

I AM HERE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. MY BF JUST GOT BACK FROM IRAQ AND THINGS WERE GOOD BTWN US AND NOW HE HAS SEEMED TO DISTANCE HISSELF..HE SAY HE HAS PTSD. WHAT DO I DO OR IS MY RELATIONSHIP DOOMED....I DONT WANT IT TO BE IF IT CAN BE HELPED..PLEASEEEEE HELP ME SOMEONE.

Jul 25th, 2010 4:25pm

I think I may have ptsd. I think I may have had it for like 20 years. I never knew what it was until about 2 yrs ago. I have only known one person that has had it and I don't know what to do. I have lost everything through out the years my marriage my friends and my family. I do not have it under control and do not have medical insurance to seek help. I don't know how much more I can handle. Can some one please shed some light for me so I don't just end it all.

Jul 18th, 2010 10:11am

hi, i have post traumatic stress my friend was murdered in the house we shared and a few months later i was mugged at knife point the combination accelerated the condition,i also served as a soldier in the troubles in northern ireland a kind of triple combo,i try and talk my problems through and live with in the best way i can although its not easy as you know.god bless you all

Jul 17th, 2010 11:52am

How do I get rid of this talk my way out of it to myself?

Jun 13th, 2010 7:05pm

i came to this website hoping for answers and hoping to help others dealing with what ive been told is ptds.im a former emt-b. i ran rescue for many years and on my last call worked with a paramedic who literally failed to follow protocals on a patient. i tried to do everything i was certified to do and constantly reassure my patient i was there for her and i was not leaving her.she felt like she was dying and begged us to help her and not let her die.the paramedic played down the patients signs and symptoms and even stated " its anxiety" making the she's crazy cirlce motions behind the patients head.this angered me as i knew something was terribly wrong with my patient. i continued to do my best to the level of my training when she passed out then stopped breathing. i immediatly checked for a response verbally and physically but she wasnt breathing and had no pulse. i began cpr right away telling the paramedic she coded!i preformed compressions with my right hand and was bagging her with the my left hand. i yelled at our driver to drive code 1 lights and sirens and that cpr was now in progress.the paramedic simply held the bag valve mask down and said you've got to get a good seal.i had a good seal.she seemed as though cpr was enough.she was a paramedic and i was an emt-b yet i was telling her to start an iv and her intubation kit was on the bench ready! she did nothing but hold the bvm down. thats it....i was so horrified for our patient because she wasnt getting the care i have seen other paramedics give in simular cases.she just held the mask while i tried to help save this womans life.this was a train wreck in my mind. im so sad to say my patient died on the back of our ambulance. she was in her 70's and married to a nice gentleman who was following us to the hospital.my heart just broke for him to see him loose her. knowing that more could and should of been done for her has really upset me.i contacted the dept of ems and compained about the paramedic. the dept of ems investigated this case and said i did all i could and i went above and beyond.they said the paramedic would be investigated but they wouldnt tell me how she would be held accountable. she is still a paid paramedic in va beach va. i left the field after that last call. almost 3 yrs later im still dealing with my emotions.i have anxiety, cry alot,am affraid of getting hurt or sick and not getting the proper help.i dont eat new things for fear of a reaction and dying.i watch my patient frantically panic begging me "dont let me die please" to the point of her putting me in a head lock grip not to leave her in her panic.ive prayed to GOD, had others pray for me and am seeing a counselor.i feel if anyone has experienced ptds a strong support group would help us all going through this.so here i am, and i hope that maybe my story and experience will help someone get better and realize youre not alone.my prayers go out to all of you who have had a tramatic experience that has complicated your life and understanding it. i know some day GOD will show me HIS answers and make me feel at peace and HE will do the same for you too.my advice is to trust GOD'S plan and keep strong in your faith.take it minute by minute or even day by day.each day is a new day you overcame yesterday and is a blessing for better days to come.

Jun 2nd, 2010 5:45pm

After reading all these letters it appears that my husband has ptsd. I am still looking for answers. I want to get him help as soon as possible. It does not seem to be getting any better (as a matter of fact he seems to be getting worse). I am very concerned with his mental state of mind. All I can say is that you have to take it one day at a time and trust in the Lord that He is going to get you through this difficult time~pray for that person and be there for that person no matter what.You are going to get through it no matter how long it takes. Madison

May 17th, 2010 5:27pm

Hi i have been suffering from post traumatic stress for about ten months now. several months ago my mother had cancer and died from it. in the process i witnessed my mother have a slow and painful death. she was in the hospital for over a month straight i took care of her, and was there through out the whole thing. I loved my mother very much, she was my only parent. however now i can not stop reliving my mothers death, the flash backs can not go away, and i have nightmares about what happened and what i saw. i keep watching my mother die over and over again. i sit and i cry just hoping and praying that the memories can stop replaying in my mind, but they don't. i do not know how to deal with this, i try to not think about it but i have no control, what should i do to stay away from these scary thoughts and horrible dream? i

May 15th, 2010 11:57pm

5/15/10 My heart goes out to and respects our troops with and without PTSD. I am connected to a counselor who was mine over 20 yrs ago, when she moved to Mass. to become a Veterans Readjustment Counselor. I have stayed in contact with her because of my respect and trust in her. AFTER 20 YEARS OF COUNSELING I AM ALMOST OUT OF HOPE. I am 49, an incredible craftsman, cannot work or be productive and am desperate to find a life, single, no kids, never married, no relationship for years, lonely. Although I have adhd, which I did not know until I was 31, and became severly Depressed I, after much reading, believe the severe trama I lived through when my father was killed along with with his sister and husband, 35 yrs ago, when I was a sensative 14 yr old who lived to go with him to work and about is the deep altering of my thinking way back then, which is the severe and deep basis of my behavior and severe major depressive disorder, med resistant and hopeless to this point. I do not dwell on my father being gone, but now really believe that deep set trama burried change has blocked me from living even close to an ok life after18 yrs of countless different meds, and 14 or so yrs of endless therapies to this day, I am worn almost completely out. I am very talented, but numb and close to paralised due to feer that I can never change. Feel free to contact me at tvachon@comcast.net or call me at 603-534-3410, sighned Thomas L. Vachon

May 15th, 2010 8:10pm

My mother has PTSD. I am not sure how it came about but it started after she went through a Divorce. She goes through mood swings, memory loss and paranoia. She goes through peoples things to see who is in the house and she lies so well she believes it. I don't know who to turn to to get her more help than she is currently getting. I also have a really hard time dealing with this issue. I don't understand how this happened or where to go from here.

Apr 26th, 2010 3:30pm

I don't like sleeping because the nightmares come. lately it's gotten to be that i can see/hear/tast it when i'm awake. I'm scared to talk to the doctors. I'm afraid they'll think i'm crazy. I know what's causing these symptoms but it's something i have no choice but to deal with every day. every day i have to kill things ... everyday the nightmares and the waking dreams get worse. I hear the screaming, sometimes i can even taste the blood in my mouth. i wish i could turn my brain off. i want to get doctor help but i had a drug problem years ago and now i'm scared to take meds. my family say's i just need to get over it that it's all a fake syndrome. i know it's not. i chooose not to be around them because they don't offer any support. my former friends are all druggies and alcoholics and i don't want to be around that so i sit at home with my dog waiting for the nightmares to come again.

Apr 10th, 2010 8:40pm

First off, I am a USMC vet, and I suffer from extreme PTSD. When I got out of the Marines, I denied that anything that happened in Iraq bothered me at all. I was lying to myself and everyone I knew. I suffered from not only nightmares and not being able to control my emotion, but I suffered from night tremors. During the hellish nightmares that I had, my body would convulse. If I woke up during the tremor I would be coherent as to what was going on but would continue to convulse wildly for up to several hours afterward, and I could not control it. Only after a conversation with my dad, who is a Vietnam vet, did I finally seek help. At first I wouldn't talk about Nasiriya or Al Kut, but over a period of months I opened up and it was like a flood gate. Once I talked about what happened over there my night tremors decreased, and continuted to do so. Now, I still have the occasional bad dream, but when I wake up, I feel in control. If you are active duty and believe you have PTSD, contact your unit's chaplain, they will guide you towards the help you need. If you are a veteran, the VA will evaluate you and help you get the treatment you need. The VA will not only help submit a claim for disability, they will actually set you up with a counselor or group therapy with a mediator and other victims of PTSD. To all victims of PTSD, no matter what the base cause of your trauma is.....there is help available to you, all you have to do is accept it. In my group therapy sessions we always ended each meeting with the same prayer as Alcoholics Anonymous..."God, grant me the strength to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference." - I wish you all success.

Apr 7th, 2010 3:10am

PTSD is that a real "Disease" or is it just people making bad choices in life and trying to pass the blame on to others so they don't have to bare the responsibility of their actions? Just asking.

Apr 2nd, 2010 5:59pm

thank u so much for this info and for those who have served

Mar 12th, 2010 3:19pm

Vietnam changed all who served indelibly and forever. My great motivating desire in writing about Vietnam was first a cathartic one, to heal the demons of war within me from where I'd stashed them from so long ago, bringing them out and confronting them so I could deal with them face-to-face, looking them in the eye. I know everyone is not the same, and everyone is not ready for this...but writing about it helped me heal...and I have received so many letters from brothers-in-arms, like the one telling me, "Damn, you tell it just as I feel it. You echo the words in my head that I can't express. I didn't know anyone else thought the way I did." Many tell me my words are also healing to them, like the tough Marine tank sergeant who called, telling me he was crying like a baby that someone else understood. It is healing to talk about the traumas of war, and to get the demons of combat that we warriors who have stood in battle have buried so deep, out in front of us, out on our terms where we can easier deal with them. I too was in denial about combat and its haunting memories. I could not bear to talk about it, and tried hard to just forget the trauma ever happened. That didn't work well, but thinking about the memories was too painful ... too confusing. I didn't understand it, and could not get a handle on it ... but it bedeviled my soul. When I finally came out of the closet of denial and started to write about it in 1999, 32 years after the Nam's odyssey, it was healing. My poetry has meaning that transcends my cathartic writing. jacobs@atcnet.net http://namtour.com/namtour.html

Feb 23rd, 2010 1:27pm

Im a Canadian soldier diagnosed with p.t.s.d . my life has never been the same after I got back from the gulf war and then a tour in yugo in 92 . Iv lost touch with my family and freinds . rejected and called a coward by my loving wife , my children don\'t understand why I stay a way at times . my emotional state of mine veries from day to day . I tried getting help , all I got from DVA was the run around . a lot of questions for there files and no support. phycologist that tells me its ok to smoke pot to calm myself down and a 1800 dollar pension thats suppose to help compensate us for a life in caos . we are left in the dark for so long about our condition , it makes it hard to find our way back home . oh what home my wife kicked me out of my retirerment home . told the court I had psycological problems and a drug addiction stopped my children from having contact with me and called me slow brain and stupid .it makes it hard to exept a pension thats suppose to help in what way , each day I feel as bad if not worst them the accual trauma . I live in a camp . no electricity no running water and no hope . this has to be the worst time of my life . fear , anxiety and the lack of support from the people I love already caused so many problems in my life , truth be known the hero to 0 atitude we face each day kills that pride in us I understand what your going trough P.T.S.D CAN LEAVE YOU FEELING NUMB .and affraid to make choises towards recovery. lets talk a bit about the way we live and die as soldiers. the constant treat unstable lifestyle and the mental and physical abuse we endure as soldiers this alone enough to creat ptsd in all of us . dnd does not take responsabilty for our mental healht they hide the facts so they can pond us of to there retired military doctors . how can we be proud of serving when we are just # in a numbers game . Im angry at the system that treat us like nobody\'s

Feb 17th, 2010 10:32am

As a therapist working extensively with combat soldiers, it is important to get the soldier to recognize the problems and then get them to a Vet Center (a part of the VA medical system0 and allow them to help the vet.

Dec 15th, 2009 4:11pm

I am the mother of a teenager, both of us diagnosed with PTSD, status post, a home invasion robbery. I would like the person, or does anyone know the person that left the following comment: Nov 21st, 2009 8:21pm Hi, I am diagnosed with PTSD, and have been in counseling for 3 years now every Thursday. I have terrible nightmares every night, and when I am in or around anyone that acts like my father, I start to panic, and can't calm down, like other people are able to do. I have feelings of dispar so often that I can't get into direction, or any where in my life. I feel that I am always just surviving all of the things that scare me so much. I feel like such a looser, I am alone,because I can't be in a relationship due to all of my symptoms, men just don't understand, and neither do I. I have taken drugs to make myself be and feel normal. That is the only thing that makes me feel like living, and I know that I can't safely do this, I am so stuck, I HAVE TO SURVIVE THIS!!! I just have to be able to get through college and make something of myself, but all of the symptoms of the PTSD just become overwhelming!!! I truly do wish that if I have to continue with all of these symptoms, that I could just go to sleep forever. I am 53 years old and I have had so many awful things happen to me. Has anyone else had this happen to them, and how did you survive??? Please help me!!! Okay, this is jenniecouvelis@gmail.com. Send me any info to contact this woman. She is desperate for help, and I can really relate to her feelings of hopelessness and fear. I can also be contacted on Twitter @Medusarants or Facebook: IanoullaKouveli. My son and I have been living with PTSD for 5 years. I am back in college, (retired atty,psych tech/med asst), going for a degree in Psychology. My major is PTSD. I am 49. My son is 14. Anyone else who wishes to contact me, please feel free to do so. We have to come together. Alone, this illness will defeat each of us: Together, we can over come it.

Dec 11th, 2009 5:53am

I am a veteran of WWII - B-17 bomber pilot. Brother killed at Salerno. BUT humiliated and trautomized as I was with killing thousands of civilians in cities I bombed, after the war - after going through a period of total rejection of my former and trivial social life - I was an actor - I was pulled out of my lethargy, anger and frustration. I decided to DO SOMETHING ABOUT WAR ITSELF. IT WAS A THERAPY! In short, the "therapy" for vets is to figure out how to ELIMINATE WAR which put them into a PTSD condition in the first place. WE FEEL GUILTY AND HUMILIATED! We must expiate that guilt, humiliation and anger. The society we left is the same old, same old. How many vets have had two, three tours? Madness. I figured it out. War is a losers game. But reciprocally, peace is the opposite and I don't mean what the national leaders call "peace." Hell, world wars started in 1914. Since 1945, wars became obsolete. Now the gun is aimed at humanity itself. Are we all crazy? No wonder vets go crazy, commit suicide, murder their wives and kids. The solution is self-evident. BE A WORLD PEACEMAKER! HOW? GET RID OF THE MYTH OF "NATIONAL SECURITY." ONLY WORLD SECURITY IN OUR CENTURY IS RATIONAL, MORAL AND POSSIBLE. CLAIM WORLD CITIZENSHIP! That's the "cure" for PTSD. I did it so I am an example. Call me. 802-864-6818.

Dec 5th, 2009 8:35pm

i have PSTD because of my backround. i was abused by my parents, i was sexually abused by men. if i get too scared, depressed, anything with my emotions, it happens. its hard to survive. but ik i have to.

Nov 28th, 2009 11:11pm

My heart goes out to my fellow veterans who are currently suffering or have suffered from PTSD. There is a very strong stigma, especially for males to seek treatment because they think others might find them weak. PTSD is very serious and it is very real, if you have any of these symptoms, please see a VA rep in your area to start tackling your problems before they manifest into something that becomes too unbarable to deal with. Thank you to all of you who have served your country honorably. Semper Fi and God speed.

Nov 21st, 2009 8:21pm

Hi, I am diagnosed with PTSD, and have been in counseling for 3 years now every Thursday. I have terrible nightmares every night, and when I am in or around anyone that acts like my father, I start to panic, and can't calm down, like other people are able to do. I have feelings of dispar so often that I can't get into direction, or any where in my life. I feel that I am always just surviving all of the things that scare me so much. I feel like such a looser, I am alone,because I can't be in a relationship due to all of my symptoms, men just don't understand, and neither do I. I have taken drugs to make myself be and feel normal. That is the only thing that makes me feel like living, and I know that I can't safely do this, I am so stuck, I HAVE TO SURVIVE THIS!!! I just have to be able to get through college and make something of myself, but all of the symptoms of the PTSD just become overwhelming!!! I truly do wish that if I have to continue with all of these symptoms, that I could just go to sleep forever. I am 53 years old and I have had so many awful things happen to me. Has anyone else had this happen to them, and how did you survive??? Please help me!!!

Nov 20th, 2009 10:37pm

im doing a project on ptsd and this is a great websitee.

Nov 17th, 2009 9:41am

My father is a 59-year-old vietnam veteran, and he has PTSD. He was diagnosed last year. He suffers so much with night terrors and depression. I see first hand what he goes through on a daily basis(his changes in moods, behavior, personality; the doctors,meds,& counselors). He goes through so much, and I have so much more respect for him and love him for fighting for his country in a time they needed him. I have the upmost respect for every veteran and thank you all for everything you've done to make this country what it is today.

Oct 27th, 2009 1:57pm

good document on ptsd. Semper fi

Oct 27th, 2009 10:28am

I am dating a guy who is an Iraq-war Vet...he has PTSD and it can make a peson really fearfull of a lot of things and very gaurded with their emotions, I have found. Not to mention the night terrors, and horrible dreams he has constantly.

Oct 17th, 2009 4:57pm

I have spent my whole life, in and out of institutions after suicide attempts, debilitating depression, anxiety, nightmares, etc; everything that points to PTSD. It is only now that I have been properly diagnosed.Finally all the pieces fit and it all makes sense. All of those doctors in all of those states I lived in and no one knew why I am suffering. I am 61 yrs old and it is only now that I am learning how to live with this. My whole life is practically gone.

Oct 16th, 2009 3:01pm

I have been dealing with this crap for 40 yr I am a viet nam vet.If you think you have ptsd this information is something to take heed of there is no cure just learning to deal with it and meds.Also as you get help take the ones you love and let them in on what is going on seek a counsler with them if you can. Semper Fi

Oct 9th, 2009 8:45pm

I ALSO WAKE UP AFTER A VERY BAD NITE OF HORRIBLE DREAMS AND I TAKE OUT MY ANGER AND DEPRESSION ON THE PPL THAT I LOVE AND THAT LOVE ME.....I RECENTLY TOOK THE FIRST STEP IN GETTING HELP BUT IM STILL SOOO DEPRESSED!!!!

Sep 29th, 2009 4:22pm

I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING SOMETIMES SO ANGRY FOR NO REASON I MEAN REALLY BITCY MAD I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY AND THEY DIAGNOSE ME WITH PTSD AND ADHD EVEN IF MY MOOD SWINGS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENCE AT ALL

Sep 25th, 2009 3:17pm

good document on PTSD.

Sep 18th, 2009 3:21pm

 


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