Pulse of a Warrior Well Being
In the wars and conflicts fought by our fathers and grandfathers, it was called “shell shock”. Today it is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes the symptoms don’t surface for months or years after returning from deployment. They may also come and go. If these problems won’t go away or are getting worse—or you feel like they are disrupting your daily life—you may have PTSD. Neither the symptoms or treatment are one size fits all.
Returning home from combat has always been an extremely difficult transition for combat veterans. In addition to obvious physical wounds, the sights, sounds and experiences of war often cause mental and emotional wounds. You may have witnessed people injured or dying, or you may have been hurt yourself. PTSD symptoms can manifest in a number of ways. Perhaps you just feel on edge. You may be having nightmares that keep coming back. Sudden noises become more than just an annoyance, and leaving the safety of home causes anxiety. You may feel anxious, angry or annoyed. Or you may just feel numb.
Whether you just returned from deployment, or have been a Veteran for years, it’s never too late to get treatment and support for PTSD. Dealing with PTSD as soon as possible can keep your symptoms from getting worse. Even Veterans who did not realize they had PTSD for many years have benefited from current treatments that treat the symptoms.
MilitaryConnection.com is proud to join forces with Lisa Cypers Kamen founder of Harvesting Happiness for Heroes (HH4Heroes ). Harvesting Happiness focuses on the well-being of our nation’s post combat military soldiers and veterans. Working with post combat soldiers and veterans, caregivers and family members, HH4Heroes offers nationwide workshops, seminars and coaching sessions. Available for individual soldiers, small groups and large audiences, the programs address daily reintegration, adjustment measures and restoring a base point for future happiness while managing the effects of PTSD.
We will also be featuring articles called the Pulse of A Warrior Well Being that are written by Lisa and by Leshonda Gill. Leshonda (Shy) a is a female wounded warrior who is also dealing with PTSD. We have become close to Shy over the years. Her insights are invaluable and hit home.
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