Stress And Health Of PTSD Victims

July 18, 2011

We are talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Interestingly, it has been shown that oftentimes this disorder does not stem from a single event but from a long arduous journey through stressful events.  In World War II they used the words “Battle Fatigue” or “Shell Shocked” to describe what soldiers were experiencing.  It was said that after 240 days of constant war stress the soldier would go “Mad”

I’ve already indicated that in the survey they took from Vietnam returnees, those affected was that 20%-30% were found to be suffering PTSD.  Remember that for most soldiers in Vietnam the tour was 365 days.  That is only one year.  Our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are returning time and time again to what sometimes feels like a senseless but more importantly endless war. They are leaving behind wives, children, families and friends and what, until their deployment time, was a norml life.  

Stress used to be associated only with ulcers.  Then recently it was found that there were certain kinds of bacteria found to be the actual culprits for ulcers.  The symptoms of stress were then treated with pills to attack these bacteria.  Case solved?  No, not at all, because they further found that about 40% of all people have these same bacteria in their bodies but never get ulcers.  On further examination it was found that stress compromises the immune system and allows the bacteria to grow more dangerous as they multiply.  High blood pressure and heart disease are two additional results from stress.  A relatively new study has indicated that stress and accelerated aging is an additional result of stress. There are no positive things that can come from stress so it is imperative that those with PTSD seek help as soon as possible

In another study which was done by a professor from the University of California Berkeley, who dealt with baboons and stress. He came up with the following conclusions.  He traveled to Africa and extracted blood from baboons, in the wild.  What he found seems quite obvious to me and what I have been discussing at this Military PTSD Forum site for some time.  Stress flows downhill.  By this I mean that the PTSD sufferer will pass on his stress to someone lower on the family pecking order like the PTSD spouse who, in turn, may pass it on to their children.

So this stress needs to be dealt with as early as possible because all family memebers may soon be affected.  We want to encourage those who may be reading this, to come join us at our Military PTSD Forum.  We want to gather as many thoughts and ideas as we can about PTSD so that others can start to realize how significant this issue it.  The more concentrated voices we can gather, the more powerful that voice will becme.  The more powerful the voice, the more potent the message.  Please come tell us your PTSD story.