Why Do I React This Way—A Closer Look at PTSD
To an ordinary person, fireworks seem like a fantastic visual spectacle, but to a person with military PTSD, it’s a reminder of the explosions he or she heard while stationed in war-torn areas. Suddenly the atmosphere changes, trauma starts, and an emotional imbalance happens.
These are just some of the many symptoms people with military or general PTSD have.
Other symptoms are nightmares, flashbacks, sleeping difficulties, getting startled easily, bouts of anger, rage, or irritability, and being devoid of emotion. This can be a huge inconvenience to a person’s quality of life. Because of this, ex-military people often resort to substance abuse and avoid situations that remind them of their trauma. They face problems like depression, memory loss, anxiety, and agoraphobia.
It’s easy to get lost in your own mind, especially when you’re alone. It’s even worse when you’re an ex-military member and has experiences of going to war, being in the battlefield, stationed in far-off places, exposed to terrorists, sexually assaulted by a comrade, and/or lost a comrade at war.
A person may experience physical and mental problems only years after the traumatizing event. There can also be varying degrees of severity of the symptoms experienced, along with these are various methods of coping. The behaviors we turn to can often lead us to resort to drastic methods like drugs, self-harm, violence, social isolation, and even suicide.
Some of the trigger factors of PTSD are experiencing physical pain, experiencing the death of a loved one, being near the place of trauma, feeling out of control, and an absence of a support system.
It is a myth to say that only certain types of military members experience PTSD. Anyone who has served in the military can have PTSD, not just those who experienced combat. Whether it’s something that happened during training, medical missions, or other war-related areas, a person may develop PTSD at any moment in their life.
What PTSD Can Do To You
Military PTSD can be a debilitating disorder.
You become constantly on guard and go through drastic methods just to be at ease.
The development of odd behavior may happen. Examples of these are sleeping with a knife under your pillow or a gun by your side. Thinking of revenge is also a common symptom. Public shootings and plans of murder are normal thoughts that can be traced back to service in the military.
You start becoming agitated by the smallest noises around you and may trigger you to resort to drastic and violent actions.
It’s common to have a major personality change after a traumatic event. The way you talk, the way you move, the way you react to people become different after a certain event.
Family conflicts and personal conflicts are also common happenings as an effect of your time in the military.
Reactions to PTSD
It is not just the disorder that can ruin your life, but how you react to it too. It becomes a nuisance when it robs you of the joy of living. The places that once made you happy you now avoid. The things that you were once excited about just remind you of all the wrong things. The people you used to go out with, you now have pushed away.
Another symptom is substance abuse, which is a common way of dealing with PTSD. Drugs and alcohol can serve as remedies for anyone living with trauma. This could be especially worse for ex-military members who are unemployed or disabled.
Thoughts of harming yourself and others also cross your mind from time to time. The little triggers can really tick you off, like people complaining about things that are insignificant next to life and death situations in the war, or seeing particular groups of people, or anything you associate with a painful memory.
For example, just the mere mention of 9/11 makes certain people really agitated.
Problems with Reintegration to Society
Having symptoms like inappropriate anger or senseless irritability can often cause problems in the workplace, which makes holding a job difficult for ex-military members.
Going to big events like weddings, funerals, and family reunions can also be difficult for people living with PTSD.
This is the effect of experiencing traumatic events like war, violence, bloodshed, and/or loss of a comrade.
Military PTSD is often seen as a hidden killer among members of the military as suicide is a likely option for those experiencing this pain.
Most people with PTSD act normally during the course of their lives, but when faced with isolation and insomnia, it’s when things start to get out of hand.
When you’ve killed a man before, it’s easy to look at life as something disposable. That’s why dealing with people in a workplace can be very irritating and reintegration into society can become very difficult.