Providing information on symptoms, experiences and living with PTSD and TBI
Night sweats, night terrors, hiding away in dark rooms for days, flashbacks, clearing your house, irriatable? These are just a few of the symptoms of PTSD, please see the main profile page and read up on it. You can feel free to discuss it openly or privately and I will share what I know and my experiences.
Posts traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that some believe develops after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death. Symptoms may include flashbacks or bad dreams, emotional numbness, intense guilt, worry, or angry outbursts, feelings of being “on edge,” or avoiding thoughts and situations that remind them of the trauma. Persistent symptoms are indicated by two or more of the following: difficulty staying or falling asleep, irritability or angry outbursts, difficulty concentrating, hyper-vigilance or exaggerated startle response.
In some cases drugs and alcohol abuse become present as veterans try to manage these responses. An increase of soldier suicide has been on the rise since the Iraq war has started, another way coping has manifested itself within soldiers. These disturbances cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functions.
121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or was charged with one, after their return from war. In many of those cases, combat trauma and the stress of deployment-along with alcohol abuse, family discord and other attendant problems appear to have set the stage for a tragedy that was part destruction, part self destruction. Three quarters of these veterans were still in the military at the time of the killing. More than half the killings involved guns, and the rest were stabbings, beatings, strangulations and bathtub drownings. Twenty-five offenders faced murder, manslaughter or homicide charges for fatal car crashes resulting from drunken or suicidal behavior. About one third of the victims were spouses, girlfriends, children or other relatives. The rest were acquaintances or strangers
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a nondegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness.
The definition of TBI has not been consistent and tends to vary according to specialties and circumstances. Often, the term brain injury is used synonymously with head injury, which may not be associated with neurologic deficits.
Source: Bea's Military Connection