One of the most important things that I tell soldiers is, they're not crazy.
They're having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
I don't like the word post-traumatic stress "disorder,"
because to me it's not a disorder. You send somebody to war;
they smell their best friend burning to death;
they're picking up body parts; they have the blood of the enemy
and their own soldiers on their hands.
How does that not affect them in some way?
A normal reaction is going to be having some type of stress about it.
The key word in post-traumatic stress disorder is "stress."
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Stress is a normal reaction in combat situations. Keep in mind that for service members injured by an improvised explosive device (IED), not only was the blast a horrific and stressful event in and of itself, but it may have killed or injured close comrades.
John Rigg, an M.D. and rehabilitation specialist, discusses battlefield stress.