PTSD is one psychological disease that people often ignore. They only address it after it becomes a real hindrance to their daily lives and start having very adverse effects. Most of the people aren’t even aware of such a psychological disorder and some others who are aware of it believe it to be nothing but something people are just faking for attention.
I came across an experience of a veteran from Australia. He was in the infantry and thus was always on the field. He accepts doing some pretty horrible things that usually comes with this job profile but he had always seem to get over them and when he couldn’t, beer would come to the rescue. Eventually experiences would be blocked out and happiness would be found again.
That was until they went into this village, only a few hours after the militia had left. They suspected that the villagers were involved with the militia and wanted to set up an example. This ‘example’ ended up in massive destruction with homes burning, people screaming and crying over their own injuries or the bodies of their loved one. In the end, they did catch some of the militia and called in the medics but the horror was too much and it followed him home.
After coming back, he started experiencing flashbacks. His mind especially struck over this one child who had been mutilated but not killed. This affected his daily life. He started getting short tempered, shouting at his wife and kids. Eventually it got so bad that he could not think straight and only wanted to draw the curtains and lock himself up.
His wife realised what was happening and she heard of a similar experience of her colleague’s husband. The veteran’s wife took him to a psychiatrist. He tried to do was talk about the experience but all he could do was cry. Fortunately, hes healing now. Finding his hope back again and having lesser and lesser of those flashbacks and nightmares but it will be a while before his fully alright.
To read the story from his point of view, please visit :- http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/resources/case-studies/case-study-ptsd/
He is one of many veterans who come back from the war with more than just their baggage and injuries. They most of the times also come with a burden but most veterans take no treatment to help carry this burden. So they go on in their lives, forever living in this misery.
If anyone you know is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD described in our previous article, please make sure they get the treatment they direly need.