PTSD in Military Veterans and Law Enforcement
Many Soldiers Returning from Combat are Diagnosed with PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very serious mental disorder that adversely affects those who serve in military or law enforcement positions. PTSD may result in severe, debilitating anxiety and depression, but is not as always as obvious as physical injuries. The disorder can be challenging for mental health professionals to detect, recognize and diagnose because PTSD and other mental health issues do not often appear immediately.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder carries significant symptoms that can be detected by a field-trained expert. Diagnosing a disorder early can be very helpful to the patient in seeking assistance and mental health stabilization.
DepressionWith depressive symptoms of PTSD, there is a frequent and consistent feeling of depression accompanied by a feeling of helplessness. The depression is usually long-lasting and doesnt always respond immediately to therapy or drugs. Any treatment must be dispensed over a long period of time for efficacy.
IsolationThose who suffer with isolation symptoms from the disorder have few friends, and often feel alone. This is true of combat veterans as well as law enforcement officers who suffer from PTSD. Members of these groups often feel rejected because they feel that no wants to hear about their experiences or the gore and detail of the events that they have witnessed.
RageOften, for no obvious reasons, the person who suffers with PTSD will strike out at those around him. This frequently includes spouses and children, and may include co-workers and even neighbors. This behavior is quite frightening and may cause individuals to seek medical assistance before harm is done to themselves or families.
Detachment of Feelings: AlienationSufferers are often troubled by the tragedy that theyve witnessed and become detached, cold and have difficulty conveying their true feelings. They may feel more comfortable dealing with the tragedy in their own detached way, and often describe themselves as being emotionally dead.
Survivors GuiltSurvivors often feel great pangs of guilt when they have survived and others have died. Sometimes, the survivor has had to do something contrary or compromising in order to live and the guilt of such an act invokes guilt that is so deep that it can result in self-destructive behavior by the survivor.
While PTSD is not uncommon, it is a serious condition that warrants medical attention and/or psychological intervention. When someone experiences symptoms of PTSD he or she should receive medical attention from a physician or a psychologist as soon as possible.