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One War Down One To GoPTSD

December 15, 2011

Congratulations to all our returning warriors from Iraq! I only had to go through one tour of duty in Vietnam and one tour was more than enough so I can’t imagine how it must feel to be home at last when each had to endure multiple terms. I know the possibility exists for some to return to Afghanistan but lets at least celebrate those who have safely returned home for good.

Statistics say that 20%-30% of our returning service people will suffer from PTSD so that means we will also have potential PTSD spouses and PTSD families as well. This is a serious problem and one that has been averaging 18 suicides a day for those with severe PTSD symptoms. Please don’t let your PTSD fester in silence. Seek help wherever you can find it. Talk to people and force yourself to shine the light of day on how you are feeling. The obvious best solution is to seek professional mental health care help since these professionals are trained to deal with this PTSD illness and you won’t be getting quack answers from people that don’t know what they are talking about.

Let me give you an example. When I was going through my toughest time I heard things like, “Come on get over it” or “You’re one of the lucky ones, at least you are alive”
Though these comments were made by people that had good intentions but these clichés only served to make me not want to confide in them because obviously they had heard enough from me and wanted my silence not my pleas for help.

I offer, as an additional asset, the Military PTSD Forum. This site is always available to you to open up your darkest feelings with no one to criticize or censure you. All postings are anonymous postings and you can write as little or as much as you choose and as often as you need to with no one but you knowing what you have written. This is a substitute for my own write down my feelings system that I used to deal with my own PTSD. I am a testimonial to the talking therapysuccess. We at Military PTSD Forum wish you a great holiday season.  No matter what, Welcome home and Peace for the New Year.