5 Ways I am supporting PTSD Awareness Month

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I’m Combat Craig and June is PTSD Awareness month for Disabled Veterans. I am supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD awareness efforts by doing some of the things they suggest in their PTSD Awareness Calendar which I will show you now.

VA has a pledge campaign going which drives awareness to veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, family members who are supporting a vet w/ PTSD, and make veterans aware of the symptoms so that you can get help with your PTSD.

I am going to be downloading and doing a thorough review on PE Coach which is a mobile application (mobile app) for patients to use with their therapists during PE therapy for PTSD. This was on the 4th but better late than never eh:)

I am also going to be sharing some of my stories as outlined on the 12th.

I am going to talk about how you can find a local PTSD therapist as outlined on the 17th

I am going to be going over the Understanding PTSD and PTSD treatment with you as outlined in the brochure on the 21st

I am going to the talking about one of the treatments that I currently take for PTSD which is on the PTSD card on the 22nd

I have a full month of PTSD awareness education coming your way this month so be sure you hit the like button on my videos and subscribe to you channel and turn the notification bell on so you are notified when I post a new video.

The first thing that I would like you to know is that you are not alone with this disability.

I personally suffer from it and I know a lot of veterans that suffer from PTSD and it shows up differently in all veterans and their are a wide variety of symptoms and things that can trigger or aggravate your PTSD.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

This is not your fault and this is not something you did. This is something that happened to you and that is the first point that I would like to make.

Yes, I signed up and enlisted in the military and I knew that I was basically signing up and taking an oath to protect and defend our country but I did not know that I would end up smack dab in the middle of Desert Storm and how those experiences would affect me from 1991 until today.

Many people think that only combat veterans can suffer from PTSD and that is simply not true. There is combat PTSD which is a diagnosis that I have but there is also non-combat PTSD which covers a wide variety of other traumatic events.

PTSD as a condition has probably been in existence since humanity has endured traumatic events.

The disorder has only been recognized formally as a diagnosis since 1980. During the American Civil War PTSD was referred to as, ‘Soldier’s Heart,’ in combat veterans. During World War I it was referred to as, ‘Combat Fatigue.’

By the time World War II occurred, the disorder was being referred to as a, ‘gross stress reaction.’ The Vietnam War found PTSD being called, ‘Post-Vietnam Syndrome. Other names are Battle Fatigue and Shell Shock.

Veterans with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experiences that last long after the traumatic event occurred.

They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people.

People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch or something they smell. There are lots of triggers.

There are two components to this process and the first one is to get to a doctor that can actually diagnosis you with PTSD so you know for sure if you have it or not and if you do the second part is filing a VA claim so you can get the compensation that you have earned and deserve.

Source: Youtube