6 Ways To Help Soldiers Cope With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

According to some reports, 90 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq who seek medical treatment do so for post traumatic stress disorder. Post Traumatic stress Disorder (ptsd) is an emotional and psychological reaction to trauma in which a person experiences uncontrollable, frightening audio and visual flashbacks that can overtake him or her during ordinary situations like playing with children or washing a car. PTSD is the fourth-ranking psychiatric disorder in the United States. An estimated 1 out of 8 soldiers who will eventually return from Iraq will suffer from PTSD-most often from having been through multiple deployments and witnessing the carnage left by suicide and roadside bombers. However the soldiers themselves are not the only victims: Family members will also be affected by their soldier’s PTSD. Particularly if their soldier avoids social situations and other activities he previously enjoyed. Although I was never in the armed forces, I am a survivor of PTSD who can offer tips to soldiers with that problem and theirfamilies. As a woman raped at gunpoint by strangers, I often experienced flashbacks in which I heard the voice of the rapist when I was at work or washing dishes at home. There were six steps that helped me cope with PTSD, which I would like to share with you: If you have never talked about your PTSD experience with anyone you should do so by...

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