The Veterans Health Administration estimates as many as 20% of today’s combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. This statistic applies across all branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard. PTSD symptoms include emotional withdrawal, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, and panic attacks. Brought on by memories of an extremely stressful event such as a car accident or war, PTSD is not a battle to fight alone. If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, get help now.
The National Center for PTSD provides information on the steps to take to get the help needed. You can also find help through other resources such as the Anxiety Disorder Association of America and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Learn how other military families are helping their veterans deal with PTSD symptoms.
Use this guide to get help shifting gears as you transition from military deployment to the next phase of your life at home with your family.
Check out these free mobile apps that provide self-help, education and support for military dealing with PTSD.
And finally, learn about post-traumatic stress disorder from veterans who have been in your boots and live with PTSD every day. Listen to their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.