Since serving in the Falklands war I have suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) I knew on my return that I felt different, I would obviously coming back from a war but I knew it was much more than that but as I didn’t know I hid my fears and tried to carry on. I began having terrible nightmares and I would be afraid to go to sleep. The years past and I then went on to serve in Northern Ireland. After leaving the army with my nightmares and fears getting no better I eventually plucked up the courage to seek professional help. My journey in to understanding PTSD had started and I am still on that journey and no longer ashamed to be honest with people and tell them that the traumas I faced in the military have affected me. Of course PTSD isn’t unique to soldiers; anyone who suffers trauma from sexual assault to witnessing some awful event can trigger it. So what is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
If you think you have PTSD don’t feel embarrassed or alone seek help or talk to someone you trust but whatever don’t suffer in silence. If big tough Ex-soldiers suffer from it then anyone can.