Active duty in war time is often one traumatic and terrible situation after another. Many soldiers after going through these frightening times end up coming home unable to deal with the terrible memories they’ve built up and develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. This illness is devastating because it is often called the silent killer. While it won’t show up like many injuries, the damage it does to the lives of the soldiers and their families is often more devastating. We wanted to find some articles that will help anyone suffering from PTSD. The articles we found give hope to those suffering in silence.
My Story of Survival: Battling PTSD
This touching and often heart wrenching story told by P.K. Phillips for Adaa.com, is a journey of recovery and coping with PTSD. P.K. had many traumatic events in her life that built up until she finally realized there was something dramatically wrong. It took quite a while, but she was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and that diagnosis finally got her the help she needed. Learn about her story and road to better mental health by reading the full article here.
Hidden Wounds: Battling PTSD with Music
In this article by Olivier Laurent for time.com, we learn the story of two documentary film makers who heard a song about a veteran with PTSD and decided they needed to tell this story so more veterans could get the help they need. Veteran suicide is fast becoming an epidemic and the article states that they want to help these veterans to find help before they take the drastic last option for ending their pain. The film makers wanted to reach a younger audience and that’s why they decided to base their documentary around songs that will speak to recruits just getting out of active duty. Get all the information by reading the full article here.
10 Ways to Support a Friend Battling PTSD
If you have friends who are battling post-traumatic stress disorder, then you’ll want to read this article by U.S. Army Reserve Officer, Pamela Holtz, for taskandpurpose.com. Holtz is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology and has come up with some things you can do to help your friends in their battle with PTSD. She states that often times, people with PTSD will alienate their friends and family and make it hard for people to reach out to them. The important thing is to not take their behavior personally and continue to reach out to them. She has a lot of great information to use to help you help your friend. You’ll want to read the full article here to get it all.
Battling PTSD: Major Shares His Story
In this in depth article by Melissa Bower for army.mil, you will get an inside look at a soldier who realized he had PTSD and sought treatment while he was still in active duty. The story is heartwarming because it really shows how this soldier, his family and his chain of command were all dedicated to his getting better. In addition, the article discusses many of the different types of treatment now available to people battling with PTSD. If you are dealing with PTSD, or know someone who is, make sure you read the entire article here. There is hope and there is help available.