posted on Sep, 3 2011 @ 09:21 PM
reply to post by TDawgRex
I am a 21 year medically retired. I have PTSD. I deployed for OIF and Kosovo.
PTSD is a stealthy b*stard of a condition that can sneak up - and suprise you.
I had many stressors over my life - but it was War that broke me. Had I not had earlier life events I would probably have managed my War stressors
much better. So that said, you could have had a pile of issues over the course of your life and career and were trained to be always vigilant - and
then boom, something happens later in life, some trauma - for example 9/11 and that "breaks" you so to speak and the anxiety monster starts to come
visit. Understand that some of this issue/condition is beyond just a mental health issue, the flight or fight juice is a hormonal response - and as
we age, we also have less temperance over these responses.
For Mild PTSD responses: Valerian is a safe herbal remedy, catnip, camomile will calm the nervous systems naturally. Sometimes you might have a
storm of anxiety for what ever reason and it will pass but you will start to fear the next episode beforehand this is the sticky wicket. You would be
amazed at the body systems effected - to much caffine, or blood sugar issues can also cause a feeling of panic. Not pleasant - breathing through
these episodes can be hugely helpful. For full blown PTSD, you gotta talk to someone. I don't tolerate or advise on the meds they sometimes want to
give out - but that is a personal decision. For me talk therapy helps.
Sit contemplatively with yourself, think are there triggers you might not be aware of, is this an anniversary time, did 9/11 affect you? (it sure
did me, it started our whole go to war machine) Be gentle with yourself. Educate yourself futher on what PTSD is really all about as in the
biological physical response. You were a warrior for many years friend, on the edge and prepared - it is hard to rest that vigilance easily. Best of
Luck to you. ~Bird
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