Letting Go: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

1017 WordsJun 19, 20185 Pages
Anger, aggression and confusion are a few symptoms of the fabled myth of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An over whelming feeling that devours men and women of the armed forces, but hasn’t been talked about openly until, now. A subject no one likes to openly speak of, due to fear of being cast out as an outsider among the normal people who never witnessed something so traumatic can function in normal society today. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological disorder where the person diagnosed with PTSD encounters various symptoms caused by a traumatic event such as combat exposure, sexual assault or a serious accident. A traumatic event caused by unpredictable, unforeseen circumstances can lead to an intense negative nature.…show more content…
The trauma that is attached to all of these sudden life changing injuries often lead back to substance abuse, alcohol abuse that is attached to a mental illness which takes a toll on a soldiers family as well. Ann Jones writes in her book, They were Soldiers: How Americas wounded come home the untold story, "Sooner or later almost every American soldier comes home on a stretcher, in a box, in an altered state of mind." As the wars in foreign countries ends, the war continues on in within our soldiers. In an essay titled, Leaving the Battlefield: soldier shares story of PTSD, Chaplain Major Carlos Huerta tells of his experience dealing with PTSD. (Maj) Chaplain Huerta tells of his experiences in Iraq in 2004 and how the painful memories and how vividly he can remember every detail from the 6 year old boy who caught an IED during Ramadan or all the doors he knocked to tell children their mother or father weren’t coming home. Chaplain Huerta didn’t understand what triggered his PTSD, but he knew something was not right. Like most soldiers in the military Chaplain Huerta tells of, his mind never leaving the battlefield. The experiences Chaplain Huerta felt were overwhelming, but the fear of seeking help left him only an impression of the Army seeing him as a burden or weak. Chaplain Huerta goes on to say, “. I have no bullet holes to show my wounds. I will not get any medal that will recognize them. If I did, I would be afraid and ashamed to wear it in
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