This is a lingering question I am almost certain that everyone at some point has asked themselves. Probably followed with; “Do I have it?” If you are asking yourself that question, chances are, you’re right.
So what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Also known as PTSD.
Is it s disorder? What is a disorder?
Well something that is traumatic isn’t necessarily a disorder, it is the impact those events have on your daily life. How you reacted, well that is in the past. What happened, well it happened. The best thing is to try and figure out how to live a normal life with that being a part of it now. You have to learn to live with what happened, that is obviously easier said than done. But I do not think the events themself is what defines the disorder section, even though often times this is what is implied. Like you have a disorder because of the things that you experienced, and how it effects your life now. Which I understand trauma is trauma, how it is viewed is different for everyone. But I am almost certain that trauma has an impact on people. Unless they are crazy, then they define a psychopath and that isn’t what or who I am talking too. So I digress…..
PTSD is different for everyone, and how you cope with it is also going to be different. Figuring out what works for you is something only you can really find out and that takes trial and error. The willingness to fail over and over again and probably get hurt along the way. Post Trauma is stressful because when you are trying to live your life, those memories of the past are usually at the forefront of your mind. Overwhelmingly so at that! So trying to stay focused often seems hard, now don’t get me wrong I am not saying that because of what I have seen it cripples me. I spend a lot of time at the VA and I have been homeless before, I have had stuff happen to me when I was a kid just as so many others have also experienced, but for me it is a never ending journey. One you have to keep walking through and never stop trying. If ever we give up, well at that point I imagine I will be dead. So I never give up, always keep going. For Veterans they have survived some of the worst already, for any one of us to just take ourselves out without reaching out, to me just doesn’t add up. If you are a Veteran, which is the perspective I speak from. I would encourage you to reach out for help if you are at those low points in life, especially at the VA there are people standing by waiting to help. You are the one that has to take initiative. There are even resources for Veterans if you look.