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[QUOTE="The Hate Ape, post: 464880, member: 3029"] BLUF: I got a wave of Veterans issues stuff force fed into my social media feed and was aggravated by the tonality of the image of PTSD veterans. (I hate the Veteran lives here, be courteous with your fireworks shit... a lot) I was annoyed and did my once a month FB rant. It drew a lot of appreciation so I thought I'd share it with you guys. Bare in mind, it is not entirely professional and has some comedic flair to it as well. The information presented is by me through my own experiences and therapy sessions. I make no claims to being an expert but feel well informed enough to relay my takeaways to any audiance. --------------------- Public Service Announcement on PTSD: Anyone who draws attention to oneself stating that they cannot do / perform / witness an action or event due to their disabling PTSD is more than likely (not all the time) a lying piece of shit. PTSD (For Combat Veterans) is portrayed in a negative or childlike disabling light by those assholes. The common perception by the uneducated (majority) is that PTSD means crazy, at the breaking point, or "give this hero all the sympathy." No. Fuck no. If I see a bomb on the side of the road, I won't have an AFG "flashback" but I may consider: "Oh, there's a bomb on the side of the road - why? who is handling this? who is at risk? who the fuck puts a bomb on a road in the united states? what an asshole..." Humor aside: PTSD blends unrelated events, actions, sensory activations and incites A SUBCONCIOUS/AUTOMATED psychological and/or physiological reaction in a human being who has reacted or lived through traumatic experiences previously. There are no "flashbacks" experienced beyond the subconscious level. For example, distant noises may become overwhelmingly distracting for someone who is in the middle of a conversation. You may see this individual subtlely divert their attention to the noises and back to the conversation. Did the motherfucker combat roll? Did he get all sweaty and flushed at the face? Is he suddenly yelling for a gun or his vagisil? No. Backtrack to that individual with PTSD who you were just having a conversation with. His demeanor is okay, he is smoking a cigarette with you and looking at a big booty heaux. You talk to him about 20 minutes later and suddenly his mood has shifted and he's sort of coming off as an asshole. You, not knowing whats going on (he doesnt either) think: "Man, why is this guy acting like a dick all of a sudden?" What happened? Well remember the noises? He doesnt and neither do you - but his body remembers. His body (through experience in a hostile enviornment) knows that weird shit in the AO = danger Will Robinson. Odd sounds, features, people, smells, light, whatever are all bad until proven nuetral or okay'ish. This is not an active mental function, it is a physical and emotional reaction through repetition. It is passive and occurs deep within the subconscious levels of the human brain in fractions of a second. He (PTSD Guy) is now becoming aggressive/hyperactive emotionally and at his subconscious level. His ReadyToFuckShitUp factor just went up ten fold but the problem rests with the fact that neither you or him are aware of this paradigm shift. To him he is just him, to you he is just being a dick. You are both at the Pour House (hopefully) and none of you are thinking about Iraq or Afghanistan conciously. Unchecked PTSD leads to what many assume are PTSD symptoms but are actually forms of anxiety or depression. It's no coincidence that the most common diagnosis is Anxiety, PTSD, and Depression for veterans who depart military service or have served in combat deployments. Most individuals with PTSD (especially from dangerous work enviornments) are unaware of their condition. Most assume they probably have it, but have no idea how it works - others write it off as if they couldn't possibly have PTSD if "Insert Name Here" who they know is a fucking badass hasn't claimed to have it. This is common in the combat arms communities, especially ours where humility is abundant. One guarantee - PTSD is not a curable condition. You don't change the way your brain works and unless you can literally dump an entire memory bank you can bet your sweet ass you already have and will continue to react in ways that upset the emotional and physical balance within yourself while engaging with the world around you. Your best COA available is to understand your conditions, your emotional state, and strengthen these cognitive tools to keep your emotions balanced effectively to avoid disorders like the mentioned Anxiety or Depression. Impulsively switching hobbies & constantly re-planning your life? Poor interaction / confrontational behavior when social? Short term memory loss? Overactive sensory receptors (especially at night)? Talking to yourself or mumbling (as your family members notice)? Massive & Sporadic emotional spikes (high and low) with no consistency or predictability? Abrupt changes in beliefs, opinions, or appealing suddenly to drastically different ideals? Digestive problems? Catastrophic predictions (overwhelming distrust of the physical safety or security of every situation / person / whatever)? Indicators are only indicative of PTSD, Anxiety, or Depression in clustors and should be examined by a professional. The above was just a short list - if you suspect anything, get the help you need. REGARDLESS OF THIS POST ONE THING IS FOR SURE: FIREWORKS DO NOT CAUSE PTSD - It's not that I don't believe you (guy putting up signs in his yard or with the "angry vet" sticker), it's that I don't believe you AND I think you are an asshole - - - the crazy veteran image is only cool to douche canoes. :) [/QUOTE]
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Discussed PTSD IRT Assholes