PTSD: WE ARE NOT BROKEN, WE ARE NOT INSANE, WE JUST NEED HELP!

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PTSD is a very real and serious problem that affects millions of people, mostly veterans that have returned from war.

In some cases the person commits suicide because the trauma they experienced takes a major toll on them. It is triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing or being a witness to it. It has many symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts of the trauma.

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I’ve never served in a war nor have I been a soldier but I’ve had a traumatic experience that happened when I was 15. It is something that never goes away, you don’t just have flash backs, but you tend to replay things in your mind. It isn’t by choice, it just happens, especially when you sleep. There is no escape from the horrendous nightmares you contend with. Asleep or awake, it is always haunting you.

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The horrible panic attacks that strike at any time of day, even in the middle of the night. No matter how hard you try, it comes back out of nowhere to haunt you. Regurgitated memories that never go away, so it’s always fresh in your mind. Yes, it is like a hidden video inside your head that won’t pause or stop, and is stuck in rewind and play. Many closed-minded people do not understand, they just blow it off and deem you crazy. We are not insane, we are not broken, we just need help.

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A survey conducted by RAND gives statistics on how many veterans commit suicide due to the disorder.
As of September 2014, there are about 2.7 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (compared to 2.6 million Vietnam veterans who fought in Vietnam; there are 8.2 million “Vietnam Era Veterans” (personnel who served anywhere during any time of the Vietnam War) According to RAND, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression.

Please if you know anyone who suffers from PTSD try to reach out to them, let them know they are not alone and there is help. If you have it and have thoughts of suicide, your life is precious and if you don’t believe it right now, look around and see the people who need you. You are important. I was in the same situation and I did receive help, it never goes away, but we can learn to move past it and have a enjoyable life. I’ve included some information on how to get help with the numbers to call. Bless the brave men and women who served this country, you are our heart!

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Contact: [email protected]
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS ( 877-927-8387)
Women Veterans Hotline: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

Source- Veterans and PTSD

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