Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has taken over the lives of our military and veterans. The intent of this group is to provide a safe environment for our heroes to share their experiences and come to understand they are not alone. WFM will be providing training for our facilitators and our hope is to have a group in any community where it is needed.
What makes this generation of protectors different than any other generation? Time and frequency of deployments. Since 911 our troops have incurred several deployments with little real down time. Even when they return home they are not truly “down”. With schools, training and moving to other bases (PCS) our men and women have a busy schedule with little free time to adjust before they are sent back out on another deployment. Because of this lifestyle we are now dealing with the affects it has on them and their families.
Let’s not forget our Vietnam Vets either. We now know that their suffering is P.T.S.D. too. What they have in common are some of the same symptoms that our current military suffer from. Below is some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
- Trigger. You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event.
- You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.
- You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
- Negative changes in beliefs and feelings.
- You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
- You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
- You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
- Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal).
- You may be jittery, or always alert.
- You may have a hard time sleeping.
- You may have trouble concentrating.
- You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
- You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
SPOUSE SUPPORT: 1st Monday of each month at 6:30pm located at 101 N. Kerr Avenue in Wilmington, NC
VETERAN/ACTIVE DUTY: 3rd Monday of each month located at 101 N. Kerr Avenue in Wilmington, NC. (We are on break the month of July)
If you would like to join our Wilmington group or you would like to have more information on how to start one in your community and receive the free training, please contact us and we will provide you with all the information.
*Note: Some of the symptoms list is taken from The National Center for PTSD