What about it? Many here know about it already, more than any encyclopedia article can tell you.
You haven't posted any info to suggest you know about the subject, or that you are suffering from it. I know personally some here who are. It's been discussed here before. All I'm looking out for is someone trolling about it.
If you want to talk about it, fine. Don't just post links to articles if you want a personal, emotional discussion.
Considering that I have been to the california NCPTSD, Got medically discharged for it, have been close to eatin the muzzle of my 45 many a time, amongst other things, I don't think a simple def is going to help many folks.
2 deployments to Afghanistan as an infantryman
One to iraq as a BN level medic having to take care of my friends I had trained with, bled with, sweated with, and had already been to combat with 2 times before.
Basically, congrats, you're fucked in the head.
SO AM I
SO ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE
If you got issues, speak up, maybe something I've dealt with lately can help you deal with your shit.
BTW, Medicchick is my wife, she's had to deal with more first hand repurcussions from post traumatic stress disorder than I care to mention.
We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary, since we're still together after a year and a half of fucked up meds, jacked up information and units, being sent to different treatment stuff, dealing with military shrinks that don't know anything about what the hell is going thru my head
In regards to PTSD anyway, the biggest things I have found:
Panic attacks: whatever the fuck caused it, who cares. STAY WHERE YOU ARE, in the stressor event. Realize you aren't going to die, you aren't going to do anything but do what you do as you do it. Once you do that, you won't have them anymore. Might take once or twice but your body and mind will realize that you no longer need to have that reaction because it's overreaction for a situation that you can handle
Startle response: I still have it, but it's tuned down now. Basically every time something startles you, tell yourself "It's ok, that was a (insert noise source), it's 2006, i'm in the US, there's no threat." After you do that over and over you more or less make yourself believe the bullshit... it sems to work for me
Crowds: Same thing, just takes longer. Don't be nieve and think that everything is hunky dory, but just realize you are in a permissive to semipermissive environment and act accordingly. You don't need a gun ALL the time ( i still carry ) but keep your guard up a little. There's no reason NOT to go out in public. People are sheep, you are a sheepdog. They'll bustle about their sheeping whereas you know the wolves are around. Just use that to your advantage.
Stress: HIT THE GYM. Smoke that stress off of you, and you'll be better for it. If you keep some semblance of fitness, also, you won't have to worry about your mouth writing checks your ass cant cash.
That's just a start. Hit up a VA PTSD group in your area. The one I go to made a world of difference...