War is horrible thing but unfortunately at times it is inevitable. But while debates over the legitimacy and length of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may go on for decades, if not longer, one thing that no one is debating is the effect it has had on our soldiers and society at large. In school we learned about the various wars our country has fought and the sacrifices that our soldiers have made, with many giving the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. However, these most recent wars have given us a first-hand look the variety and depth the wounds soldiers receive can be. Some so deep they are invisible.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD , has affected soldiers probably since the beginning of time; however it’s only been recent years that those in the mental health field have really been able to pin point who is affected and provide them with the right treatment. Everyone is different and everyone handles stressful or traumatic experiences in different ways but some of the symptoms include lack of sleep, bad dreams, extreme irritability, angry outbursts, and an inability to move forward from the traumatic event.
Treatment for PTSD isn’t the same for everyone. Some soldiers may require counseling, some medication, and others some variation of each. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD the best thing to do is get more information and begin seeking treatment. While there were cases of PTSD being down-graded, a recent article shows that veterans services and the Army are reviewing the cases and doing all that they can to ensure soldiers receive the care and treatment that they need to live happy, successful lives going forward.