People with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD experience many intrusive symptoms that last at least one month.
These include things such as recurring intrusive thoughts feelings or memories of the traumatic event.
This can happen while awake or while dreaming.
A person may experience flashbacks which are vivid reactions that a person feels when they’re experiencing the traumatic event over and over again.
People with PTSD are easily startled with hair-trigger tempers.
They may also be reckless or self-destructive.
PTSD can occur in both children and adults and as we discussed in lesson 6 many veterans experience PTSD.
In fact, some research shows that approximately 24% of War veterans will experience PTSD.
these veterans are also at greater risk of developing major depression drug abuse and suicide after returning home.
The depth and despair of war-induced PTSD are seen in a suicide note from an Iraq war veteran.
In 2007 Daniel Somers was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury post-traumatic stress disorder, gulf war syndrome, fibromyalgia, and a host of other medical problems.
He sought treatment through therapy medication music and film production but eventually took his own life on June 10th, 2013.
He left behind a powerful suicide note.
Here’s part of what it said
All day every day a screaming agony in every nerve ending in my body
it’s nothing short of torture my mind is a wasteland filled with visions of incredible horror unceasing depression and crippling anxiety