You are probably aware that most combat veterans return to America with mental challenges, but there are 4 signs of PTSD in veterans that you need to be aware of.
Whether you are a friend or loved one of a veteran that has just returned from combat, you may have noticed that they are struggling with what they saw and possibly what they had to do as part of their duties.
It doesn’t matter that you can’t imagine what they are going through or even relate, but today I’ll share with you the 4 signs of PTSD in veterans that you need to be aware of. You’ll want to know these signs so that you can identify when someone you love is dealing with emotional challenges you aren’t familiar with, or when their behavior changes without warning.
Understanding the 4 Signs of PTSD in Veterans
When it comes to ailments in the body, everyone is different. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is no different. While many combat veterans have been in the battle together, and many of them in the same location, there are no two cases alike.
This is why it’s important to learn and understand the 4 signs of PTSD in veterans.
1. Reminders of the event that invade their mind on a constant basis. This includes nightmares, flashbacks, and distressing thoughts. This all brings it back to their memory as if it’s happening again in the moment. Oftentimes this is evident in an individual because physical signs such as anxiety attacks, trouble breathing, racing heart, and nervous behavior are all indicators that the event is in their thoughts.
2. Avoiding things that bring back memories of the event. When a veteran is struggling with PTSD, they may shy away from TV shows or movies that use war as a storyline. Even if the show or the movie isn’t about a war, violent programming could trigger this behavior. Just be aware and patient with them.
3. Negative changes in their mood and demeanor. When someone begins to act differently, it isn’t necessarily because they are angry. When fear, guilt, and negative mood chances hit it’s likely that the veteran you love is struggling with PTSD. Even if it hasn’t been going on for very long, be mindful that they can’t go through this alone. If you cannot relate to what they are going through, try to find someone that can help them.
4. Acting as if they are being followed and jumpiness. Most veterans have this last behavior pattern the most. Being jumpy, sleeplessness, and feeling afraid of being followed or chased are all signs of PTSD.
Regardless of your relationship with the individual, remember that they are a human being and they have experienced something traumatic. The level of trauma is hard to identify with, but it’s important that you never let a veteran deal with it alone.
Keep this list handy so that you can refer back to the 4 signs of PTSD in veterans when in doubt.
Thank a Vet Today
James Hunter (US Army Retired)
Never Complain About What You Permit