My dad was a vet who fought in both the Korean and Vietnam war. He saw his friends, the soldiers that fought along side him pass. He saw death from both sides. I never thought he had any issues; I was oblivious to his trauma. It wasn’t until I was older and dated men who fought in Desert Storm and saw the trauma they faced. I saw the fear, the sleep issues, the thoughts of suicide, and more effecting them at different times.
es with no rhyme or reason. At least as an outsider what I thought.
I then started working with a vet who was proud of being a vet but had many demons from the tours he had in the middle east. He saw his friends die, his Humvee blown up with him barely surviving, and then the aftermath of dreams, suicide was a thought that came up many times of the year. The worst time is when the date of his near-death experiences is very traumatizing, even years later.
The triggers of his thoughts were many, even speedbumps. Anxiety is minor compared to the anguish he has with PTSD.
On the website healthprep.com they stated that PTSD is defined by:
Fear is an intense emotion that is part of the human experience. It activates certain chemical processes in our bodies that make the memories more significant and causes us to think irrationally. Individuals who do not face their fears or overcome them may either develop Stockholm syndrome, where they begin to cope with terrible and frightening situations by becoming submissive and apathetic, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from long-term exposure to fear. It is not the fear itself that can lead to serious health problems but our inability to overcome it or logically escape it when we enter ourselves into it voluntarily. The long-term damage from fear can damage our brains, cardiovascular system, digestive system, and lead to premature aging or sudden death. The impact of chronic exposure to fear is also associated with mental disorders such as clinical depression, PTSD, anxiety, and fatigue.
If you have a family member, friend, or co-worker understand this can manifest in many ways, you should make sure a specialist has a chance to diagnose and create the best plan of action to help the vet have a successful life.