Great piece about being on the lookout for PTSD symptoms before it is too late. Our country is losing an alarming 22 veterans a day to suicide, and often times this is associated with PTSD symptoms. PTSD has been called many things over the years such as Battle Fatigue, Shell Shock, and Soldiers Heart, among others. However, no matter the name, we need to be diligent in looking out for symptoms in not only our veterans, but others who are at risk as well. — PTSD United Staff
PTSD: Supporting Our Troops Means Being On the Lookout For Symptoms, by Michael Cain
Despite the fact that we’re still fighting a war in Afghanistan, we’re presently losing more of our military to suicide than to combat. Among military veterans, we’re losing 22 a day to suicide. There are many reasons a person might choose to take their own life, but one I’d like to focus on is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often referred to as PTSD. For the past five years I have volunteered at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, teaching soldiers how to use journaling as a tool to manage PTSD symptoms.