Hey guys--It's Adam, and today I'm talking directly to my
combat veterans out there.
Specifically, I want to talk about PTSD and some of the symptoms.
Recently one of my good friends actually got in a verbal
altercation at a local coffee shop because they perceived
the civilian complaining about something that was totally irrelevant,
a little mundane detail.
They didn't put cream in the guy's coffee or his latte,
and that really angered my friend.
It really got him so frustrated.
He just recently returned from third combat tour in Afghanistan,
and it really frustrated him--It really got him worked up.
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to control himself
and got into a verbal altercation with this person in the coffee shop,
which was totally inappropriate.
The reason I'm talking to you about this today is because
if you're experiencing any of those symptoms,
you're unable to control yourself, and your emotions get the best of you,
your anger gets the best of you, and you find yourself lashing out,
you need to get help now.
Call up somebody--call VA, call Veteran's Affairs.
Talk to them about it; talk to your friends,
your mental health professional or your health care provider.
Talk to somebody about this.
It's going to be an awkward conversation, undoubtedly.
You need to do that, because you don't want to have a situation,
where it escalates too far out of control.
You find yourself in legal trouble.
You find yourself in social trouble,
or you just find yourself in an unhappy place.
That's the worst case scenario that you want to be.
So, reach out--make the phone call and help yourself, thanks.
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It's understandable that service members and veterans can get angry or frustrated when witnessing people in the civilian world getting upset about something trivial like a coffee made wrong. But reaching out for help before these emotions escalate is crucial. Adam shares some ideas.