Post Tramatic Stress Disorder
Among Veterans and
To try and some up PTSD in a few words or sentences would be disrespectful to those who suffer from it and to those who treat it.
PTSD stems from a traumatic or life-threatening event or series of events. The effects vary from person to person, some will have difficulty sleeping, some will have constant troubling memories as known as flashbacks, and some will have a jitteriness or be very jumpy. Just because you have the symptoms doesn't necesarily mean you have PTSD, but if these feeling persist you may want or need to seek help and advice in dealing with it.
Not everyone will garner the same symptoms nor will they generate in the same time frame. Some people show signs and symptoms rather quickly while others may take years for any symptoms to appear.
If in doubt seek advice, it can't hurt to ask questions. The ability to recognize the signs and symptoms in others may help you to recognize them within yourself as well. (PTSD)
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Often times people who are uninformed about PTSD are willing to brush it under the rug, as something that will go away, as the saying goes "time heals all wounds".
"existing processes for psychological assessment are insufficient to overcome the stigma" (Oldham)
As the a generation of Vietnam Veterans retires from the workforce, there has been a large influx of them seeking help for PTSD, which has proven that time actually does not heal all wounds. Distractions like work may hold those wounds at bay, but they do not heal on their own. Once these veterans finally retired, they are finally giving their minds time to reflect and in doing so are seeking they help they have always needed in the first place (Dooley).
When friends and family members are knowledgeable about PTSD and are more engaged with loved ones who suffer from PTSD, they usually have a better ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of those who are struggling with it.
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And finally the individual, suicide will affect the one who committed it the least. Once suicide has been committed it is over.
Other than affecting individual emotions of family and friends, suicide also has an effect on the mindset of them. Usually questions such as what could I have done, why didn't I stop him/her, and I should have known, are all some of the questions that they will continually ask themselves. By not being able to answer those questions many people will start to feel guilty as if it was there fault. (Leenaars)
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All former service members who have been diagnosed with PTSD, and or Suicidal Behaviors could be REQUIRED to report for counseling on a certain scheduled basis.
As with active service members, veterans respond very well to requirements in lieu of availability. By placing a requirement that they visit professionals at certain intervals may help in the prevention of suicide.
If any idea is successful in preventing even one veteran or service member from committing suicide it must be deemed a success.