Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes a state of the mind that forces someone to always be on the alert without end. Those afflicted could also act in a manner that relives the past of a traumatic event or behave in a way that avoids the stresses of something experienced. Ultimately, the individual suffering lives a life on the edge. You're on the defense or the attack until the danger passes. Can we do anything about this disorder?
What happens if we do nothing? What consequences could occur if the person afflicted is unguided in their attempts to endure or overcome their problem?
Some years ago, I was diagnosed with PTSD. My wife and I were having marital troubles and felt going to a marriage counselor would help us communicate better. Over time, the therapist told us we were both suffering from PTSD. According to the therapist, we would both need to work on addressing the condition if we raise our hopes of staying together.
I can recall some things that would have contributed to my positive diagnosis.
In my experience, the United States military is not the best at treating mental health disorders. They are, however, quite adept at causing them. The military places you into a state of alert from the moment you surrender your body and mind to them. In the beginning, you might not be aware of that fact. You're in it only as long as you can stand it. Looking back, it becomes all too clear. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Working on a submarine for years keeps you in a state of alert. Constant drills, ridiculous timelines, and standards are impossible to achieve. While at sea, the ship's principal staff manages all your time. You move at someone's whim, from bathroom breaks to when you can sleep. Once you leave the military, the transition period could vary from a few days to years before adjusting to everyday life. You make it work, or you do not.
I still don't sleep normally, but what if this is a new normal for me? My long waking hours seem to benefit me, especially in my career.
You don't know how to deal with your trauma. Without guidance, your stress levels can reach a point that forces a release of your anger in an unhealthy manner. Anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD. It's not only limited to men or adults, for that matter. It's important to remember this fact, as sometimes things can get out of hand, especially when you're in a relationship and get into an argument.
Tempers flare, people say trigger words, and the next thing you know, a bottle gets cracked over your face. Decades of conditioning force the pain aside and the clarity back in your mind in seconds. You can't believe what just happened. My right eye got cut and bruised. Maybe some blood. Nothing else is damaged. The car isn't moving. Everyone else is safe. Get everyone home. No questions.
When the situation is calm, reality sinks into what occurred. How did we get here? What could we have done to prevent what happened? You and your partner quickly realize that things need to be addressed from here on out if the relationship will survive. Recognize that you don't have the answer to every problem you face. You can work to resolve things unless it's too late.
Pain distracts you. You're supposed to ignore it when other things are a priority. At least, this is what people taught me. Time passes before you know it, and pain suppression becomes a priority. Correcting it never enters your mind until a nuisance becomes agonizing. This is about how I can describe the pain I felt in my spine before surgery.
After surgery, the pain disappeared, and the destructive behaviors that became a part of my daily life disappeared almost the moment I woke. It was amazing and terrifying. Once the pain was gone, I knew my ignorance led to my predicament.
The things I learned growing up and in the military weren't token ways of life that we must follow. You should take the time to question everything along the way. In this manner, you'll know much more quickly than I if a path you've been taking is correct for YOU.
It helps to know there is something wrong with getting treated. If you feel something is off, never hesitate to do your research and ask the question to someone you trust or someone you can pay to depend. Be sure to realize something is wrong.
Various forms of treatment are available to try and reduce the impact of PTSD on your life. In my experience, this amount to first talking with someone so they can get enough data about you. Afterward, you would perform various tasks or exercises with the counselor to see if you could change your outlook and reduce the impact of your PTSD upon your life.
The FDA approves medications like Sertraline and Paroxetine for treating PTSD. Both drugs increase or maintain serotonin's influence on the human brain.
- Sertraline acts to raise the levels of serotonin within your brain. The idea is that if serotonin levels rise, then the impact of depression lowers.
- Paroxetine acts to maintain the level of serotonin within the brain.
From my perspective, medications are a last resort. Please try to get therapy first before attempting to manage your condition chemically.
The Psyber X Multiverse
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