PTSD Silent Heartache
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms such as flashbacks, anger, avoidance, huge alcohol binges, fighting, hyper vigilance the list is endless but not easy on the eye. Tell yourself that it is OK and very normal even for hardened soldiers who have experienced trauma. Under no circumstances does it mean you lack in moral fibre, absolutely not. Remind yourself that the worst is over – it happened in the past and this is the present. You survived these terrible events so you have proved that you have the courage to fight this illness head-on and get through these awful memories with the right professional help. You’re not alone and never think that you are. Speak to someone now, or seek professional advice from your medical officer, padre, regimental or unit welfare officer or unit association if you are still serving. If you are a veteran go to the many organisations that are there to support veterans such as the Royal British Legion or SSAFA forces help, help for heroes, veterans first or combat stress who will help, advise and point you in the right direction. Part of the brain that stores memories and emotional events is called the amygdale and it is here where all the bad memories are locked in. They can remain locked in or they can be released due to a trigger that unleashes all those past and awful memories. These memories require re-processing by exposing the trauma through controlled methods and professional guidance through specialists in PTSD therapy. They will attempt to store these awful memories back in their box again, hopefully for good, or they will at least change the way you deal with each memory or trauma to live as normal a life as practically possible. Its all about taking that all important first step yourself. This book will help serving servicemen and women regular and reserve including veterans to decide what direction you should take – so, go on do something about it.