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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans

Many military members, specifically those returning to civilian life, struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also commonly known as shell shock, this mental illness is common in people who have experienced a traumatic event.

Veterans are frequently exposed to wartime and military training ground accidents and life-threatening experiences. Some symptoms of this disease include nightmares, flashbacks, and anxiety. Serving in the military is one of the most common causes of PTSD. Fortunately, veterans with PTSD can improve their lives by taking care of themselves.

PTSD can affect veterans in several ways. For example, veterans may avoid places, people, or situations that remind them of the traumatic event. They can also be emotionally reactive and always on the alert. This can lead to trouble sleeping, irritability, trouble concentrating, and being overly alert. In addition, veterans often have suicidal thoughts.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options for veterans with PTSD. Former military personnel may seek social support, counseling, and/or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. You can also try mindful breathing and yoga to calm your mind.

For more information on how PTSD affects veterans, see the attached resource.

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