My memoir, Diary of a Vet's Wife, Loving and Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has reached the far corners of our planet in search of readers living in the wake of PTSD. I invite others with compassion for our warriors, to learn what too many veterans contend with after they return from combat. Each family may cope with something different, yet we belong to each other. I can only show what happened to me and my family.
Telling the truth has opened wounds I cannot heal. I can only say, "I'm sorry." Had I not put my story on paper, I was sure it would have eaten me alive from the inside out. I made myself vulnerable so others might learn and to give them hope.
- Traumas happen to many competent, healthy, strong, good people.
- Many people have long-lasting problems following exposure to trauma.
- People who react to traumas are not going crazy.
- Having symptoms after a traumatic event is not a sign of personal weakness.
- When a person understands trauma symptoms better, he or she become less fearful and are better able to manage them.
- Distressing recollections
- Feeling anxious or fearful
- Extensive and active avoidance
- Loss of interest
- Feeling detached from others
- Restricting your emotions
- Trouble remembering
- Shutting down
- Feeling strange
- Not feeling pain or other sensations
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
- An exaggerated startle response
- Being overly angry or aggressive
- Panic attacks
- Specific sceens
- Sound or smell
Below I've listed the number of The Veterans Crisis Line. Please check out Veterans Crisis Line.net, even if you don't think you need it now. Get familiar with the resources available, and save this information for easy access. Please call . . .
The Veterans Crisis Line is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families with qualified, caringVA professionals through a confidential toll-free hotline and on-line chat.
Download the Veterans Crisis Line logos and other graphics to display on your website or materials to show support for our Nation's Veterans and help them get the care they deserve.
The new VA suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), recently reported that it's received more than 55,000 calls, averaging 120 per day, with about 22,000 callers saying they were veterans.
(Excerts taken from retired website: PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within)
Lesson Learned . . . My two cents