Most of us have probably heard of post traumatic stress disorder when discussing soldiers, particularly those returning from combat. Unless we actually have vivid post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, we have no idea what that soldier is going through. Post traumatic stress disorder symptoms usually occur after an especially traumatic event such as a car accident, robbery, rape or for soldiers, combat.
Soldiers returning from war can have many emotional effects of stress. Many times these may occur after they have served in combat for a long period of time, then are returned home, and have a difficult time acclimating back into civilian life. There are ways to relieve stress, such as exercising, breathing techniques, and talking to a professional about your experiences.
Some post traumatic stress disorder symptoms are flashbacks, detachment from the world around them, irritability, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, panic attacks and depression. It’s important for the soldier to seek help in attacking anxiety and depression as soon as possible.
One in eight soldiers returning home from combat has post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Only half of those that show signs seek help. That is a lot of men and women that have served their country that refuse to get help for their problems.
One of the biggest symptoms of such disorder is panic attacks. Panic attacks start with a feeling of dread, heart palpitations and dizziness. If untreated or ignored, panic attacks can lead to agoraphobia or being afraid of open spaces. When dealing with panic attacks, you can start by breathing slowly, in and out. Don’t worry about people around you. They won’t recognize that you’re having a panic attack. Tell yourself that you’re safe. Nothing will happen to you.
If your panic attacks are recurring, you will want to seek help from a medical professional. If you are a soldier or know one that is showing post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, be sure to get some help immediately.