Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that affects many veterans. While many appear fine when they return home, the signs and symptoms of this condition can appear over time.
How does PTSD affect veterans?
Veterans who suffer from PTSD will often have flashbacks or nightmares about the traumas they’ve experienced. They may try to avoid anything that will trigger those flashbacks. This can make it difficult for them to live a normal life because they’re always trying to stay away from things that will cause an episode.
A person who has PTSD will often have angry outbursts and similar strong emotions when they’re triggered. They may be overcome with negative moods that stem from the condition. Sudden mood swings are possible.
Why is PTSD so devastating for veterans?
The culture of the military is one that emphasizes the tough guy mentality. There isn’t room for people who are viewed as weak. For this reason, some veterans put off asking for help with anything related to their mental health because they don’t want to be seen as someone who is weak and vulnerable.
They may worry that they are going to be treated differently. Additionally, some might worry about privacy issues since they will discuss personal matters. Individuals who are still in the service may worry about the state of their career.
For some veterans, lack of help with PTSD comes down more to a financial decision than anything else. They sometimes face challenges with medical care coverage and transportation. The Veterans’ Administration and other government programs should help these individuals to get the care they need.
There are some instances in which a person might have to appeal decisions when they don’t get the approvals for programs they should. This can be a challenging undertaking, so working with someone who is familiar with these programs is often beneficial.