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Military/First Responder

Military Trauma:

Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes referred to as shell shock or combat stress, occurs after you experience severe trauma or a life-threatening event.  It’s normal for your mind and body to be in shock after such an event, but this normal response becomes PTSD when your nervous system gets “stuck.”

Some experiences or combat trauma:

  • Recurrent, intrusive reminders of the traumatic event – nightmares, flashbacks, extreme emotional and physical reactions to reminders of the trauma.
  • Extreme avoidance of things that remind you of the traumatic event – people, places, thoughts, or situations.
  • Negative changes in your thoughts and mood – exaggerated fears, guilt, or shame.
  • Being on guard all the time, jumpy, and emotionally reactive – hypervigilance, anger, reckless behavior, difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating
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