Post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD, as it is commonly called, is nothing to be taken lightly. People, who don’t suffer from it, don’t understand the problems it causes.
Unfortunately, I have it and am also a veteran. Veterans have a high suicide rate, and it has crossed my mind before. I have had it for the last 40 or so years, but it has been a long time in coming since the recent diagnosis.
My dad passed away at the young age of 44 from complications of post-traumatic stress syndrome. I recall he was very nervous and could not watch a war movie, and I was only 7 when he died. Is it hereditary? No, but there are genetics that could predispose us to it. In other words, it could probably occur for more people than it already does.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome is different yet the same for everyone. A man could have experienced seeing his buddies die during combat. While, another man could have had his life threatened by a group of men high on drugs. Group therapy is the best way to treat it right now, but you never have to reveal the cause of your PTSD to a group.
Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome Is One of the Leading Causes of Suicide
You have heard that stress kills, but somehow, I have made it close to the age of 60 already. I seemed to have dealt better with it over the years than many lost souls. Quite a few never made it past more than a few days, weeks, or months after the traumatic occurrence.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome not only happens for veterans, but it happens for regular people too. I had too many traumatic events occur during my youth that probably led to the problems I had in the military.
I may become a new man after the therapy has been done and can go on living the rest of my years normally. At least, that is one of my hopes and goals. In that respect, never look down on someone feeling sad or gloomy. Maybe a smile is all he or she needs.
Thank goodness for advanced medical and psychological research along with applied methods of healing to finally resolve this problem.
Here is short YouTube video I embedded onto my site explaining what PTSD is http://paulwylie.net/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/