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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is PTSD?

How will it affect my cadre spouse while in the IET environment?

What are the signs, and who can help?


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening. Some symptoms you can look for


Re-experiencing Symptoms - experiences that reoccur

Nightmares

Flashbacks

Pre-Occupation

 

 

Avoidance Symptoms - avoiding people, places, or things

Crowded areas

Driving

Detachment from Family

Reminds about Trauma

 

Arousal Symptoms

Anxiety

Restlessness

Irritability

Outburst

Difficulty Concentrating

Hypervigilance

Difficulty Falling and Staying Asleep

 

Because returning combat brigades are used for assigning many cadre to the training base, some leaders are in IET assignments at the 6-12 month time period after redeploying. This time is a significant period for Post Deployment Health Problems to emerge. With the stress in IET, you should be alert to any of the following indicators.


Suicide Thoughts

Addictions

Depression

Anxiety

Trust Issues

Low Self-Esteem

Memory Loss

Confusion

Eating Disorders

Disassociation

Anger Issues

Sleeping Disorders


Seek Help: Professional counselors, chaplains, medical/mental health community, or your chain of command



 

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