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Post-Trauma Stress Disorder

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Jul 20 2012, 06:11
  • June Newbie

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    I feel I have lost to ability to empathize with people. When you deploy, you do everything you can to mentally prepare for the worst. As a medic you see quite a bit of injuries and death. And a fair amount of survival. But you deal with it. When I returned to America, it was one of the best feelings in the world..till it’s time to integrate with society. It’s been almost a year since I returned and I realized recently I can’t connect with regular people and that everyday problems seem meaningless. I feel I have grown cold. Can anyone else relate?
  • Timm Newbie

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    Sep 1 2012, 11:26
    I think I can relate. 22 years ago I watched my best friend drowned after having to be saved myself. Before that event, I had been trained in aquatic survival and rescue. I knew if I got back in the water, that I would certainly die. I barely made it out already due to the water conditions. But that doesn't stop me from reliving that day in my head. Since then I never really dealt with it. My wife believes that I have ptsd, and I must admit that i exhibit 99% of the symptoms. I have become cold to death, haven't had many friends, and the friends I have had I just push away or abandon. I have secluded myself to the point that I only interact with my wife and two children, not even my mother or brothers. And that interaction isn't very healthy or fulfilling. I have become very bitter and lonely. I still see him go under for the last time in my head. I haven't dealt with it, and I'm probably not the best person for advice to cope. But I will say this, it is important to get some help, at least someone to talk to. Where I am at right now is a cold and painful place. Don't let yourself get to this point.