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PTSD and 9/11 Connection

September 8, 2011

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I am reminded of the number of people  who may have some idea of what a PTSD is.  I’m am fairly sure there are a number of people who have vivid memories and maybe even recurring nightmares about that day 10 years ago,when all our lives were changed.  Each of us had to deal with the same terrible images and even perhaps recurring thoughts, even 10 years later.  Some though, may be even more severely handicapped by this incident.  We were told that the terrorists could strike again at any minute and the television warned us every day about this status of “Orange or Yellow or Red” warnings which reinforced our fears of which we already were very aware.

Then I thought about the 7, 8, 9, and 10 year olds that have now gotten to the age where they can release their tensions created that fateful day.  To have the power to “kick some ass”  and repay these terrorists.  They now carry guns and are trained to kill.  This is what War really boils down to, no matter the things that are said to justify it.  Now these same young boys and girls have grown into young men and women and will be bombarded with addition images of carnage and destruction.  They have additional footage for their terrible reel that may have started long before 9/11.

I understand the call to duty that they all have had going in, I had it too.  Now after 10 years, can we finally bring these young men and women home and start the real healing?  This healing will vary in the length of time needed to get past this.  PTSD sufferers will take a lot longer and this healing time is also predicated on them seeking and finding help.  Reach out to PTSD families and add your support when it is needed most. If you want to support he troops, help find them.

The ideal solution for the PTSD sufferer is to find a mental health professional, who should be trained in the PTSD issues. However, there are a myriad of reasons why this doesn’t happen.  Doing nothing in lieu of the first option is unacceptable and will only result in longer pain and suffering from this illness.  Some action must be taken!  Help find these PTSD people and direct them to our site to start blogging.  The service is free and we are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We don’t censure, edit or change what is being said in any way.  PTSD Families, friends and colleagues should be working together to help in this task.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.