Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often develops after a life threatening occurrence.
PTSD has been recognized by the VA as a formal diagnosis since 1980. However, it was called by different names as early as the American Civil War, when combat veterans were referred to as suffering from “soldier’s heart.” In World War I, symptoms that were generally consistent with this syndrome were referred to as “combat fatigue.” Soldiers who developed such symptoms in World War II were said to be suffering from “gross stress reaction,” and many troops in Vietnam who had symptoms of what is now called PTSD were assessed as having “post-Vietnam syndrome.” PTSD has also been called “battle fatigue” and “shell shock.”
The effects of PTSD can be debilitating with symptoms ranging from severe nightmares and flashbacks to insomnia and increasing social isolation. It is common for service members to deal with post-combat depression, insomnia, nightmares, and flashbacks, among other symptoms associated with resorting to self-medication with drugs and alcohol.
If you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, contact Ken Kabb.