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They are our sons, mothers, husbands, and friends. The Veterans’ PTSD Project aims to change the national conversation on Post-Traumatic Stress by collecting and publishing Service Members’ first-person accounts of hope and victory over PTSD and sharing them with those who need to hear them the most – other Veterans

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By Veterans for Veterans – Changing the National Conversation on PTSD

Service Members are not statistics.  They are our sons, mothers, husbands, and friends.  A web search on “PTSD” will give you more than 18 million results that generally fall into two categories: web sites clinical in nature and sites anecdotal in nature. This is worth noting since most Service Members returning from combat are under the age of 30 – when diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress, they turn to the web for information. And what they find are grim statistics: 18 suicides per day. Up to 70% of Soldiers exposed to traumatic incidents. Over 31,000 OIF Veterans wounded in action. Double the divorce rate among active duty personnel.

This can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy when, in fact, the converse is true: most returning Service Members diagnosed with PTSD do not commit suicide or lose their jobs, their families or their sanity – they work through their Post-Traumatic Stress and come back stronger; many experience personal growth. By sharing Service Members’ first-person accounts of hope and victory over PTSD with other Veterans and their families, the Veterans’ PTSD Project answers the one burning question in the mind of a Combat Vet looking for answers on the web: “how do I get better?”

Leading psychologists and researchers agree that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not an inevitable outcome of combat. Dr. Martin Seligman (2011) notes the following:

“At West Point, we found that more than 90 percent of cadets had heard of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is relatively uncommon, but less than 10 percent had heard of post-traumatic growth, which is not uncommon.  This is medical illiteracy that matters. If all a Soldier knows about is PTSD, and not about resilience and growth, it creates a self-fulfilling downward spiral.”

Our Project reaches out to Veterans who have successfully overcome their PTSD and asks them to write a first-person account of recovery.  There are many ways to come back stronger, and our writers candidly talk about their experiences, warts and all, and they tell the reader what worked for them. Whether working through counseling, finding a support group, creating art, or connecting through their faith, these Vets and their family members speak directly to the recently diagnosed Service Member and give them an insight they can use in their own lives. While often begun in grief or sorrow, these narratives end in power, strength and perseverance; they make the reader feel more connected to the greater Veterans’ community and inspire us all to feel more thankful, more encouraged, and more ready to take on the challenges we face today. These writers say, “I made it, and so can you.”

This is why we want to hear from you. While deeply personal, your narrative of resilience and growth is one that will inspire others – in different theaters and different bases and different missions, we are all moving forward together. Sharing your story may not only be a step in your healing but your narrative has the power to inspire others.

You can read Veterans’ PTSD Project stories on our blog and on Facebook, and we encourage you to reach out to us – through e-mail, social media, and our blog we hear you.  You are not alone in this journey; there is a great hope for life after PTSD – this experience will give you and your family the kind of perspective and wisdom forged through fire.  You can come back stronger.

This is the place.  Now is the time.  You are the one.

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Memorial Day and PTSD Veterans

As we honor all the soldiers and veterans on Memorial Day, who gave their lives for the freedom of our country. Our Team wanted to take the time to honor those veterans as well who faces unseen casualties and then coming back to our community with Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Here is a terrifying statistic for you. Every day, somewhere in the range of 22 American heroes suicide as a result of the hardship they encounter on the battlefield. Numerous more don’t look for treatment and discover their lives spiraling wild.

Whenever we read about different wars it becomes damn obvious that the terror and devastation that was caused by the war to our men and women can not be expressed in mere words.

Mr. Jeffrey’s writes, More than 1,393,000 U.S. military personnel were treated for psychiatric “breakdowns” in WWII. Forty percent of all medical discharges were for psychiatric reasons. That amounted to 504,000 troops formally discharged due to “psychiatric collapse.” The battle for Okinawa alone produced some 26,000 cases of psychiatric stress and care.
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Steve Bentley once on the website Vietnam vets ties the first instances of military PTSD in this country to the Civil War. In that he said that technology had helped vetereans destroy each other with acute accuracy. The most great battle cases in those days were basically delivered home with no supervision or help.

PTSD didn’t turn out to be a piece of our dictionary until the American Psychiatric Association added it to its manual for mental issue in the year 1980. However, after its all said and done it was disputable in light of the fact that the trigger was thought to be something outside the patient’s mind.

Again and Again People ask us that why the veterans in the past like for example world war II did not experience any PTSD? The answer to this question is simple, THEY DID. The mere fact that we are not aware of their despair do not bring us to conclude with a logical fallacy that in past veterans do not suffer from PTSD.

Here are some of the feelings of PTSD Veterans:

“You feel on edge. Nightmares keep coming back. Sudden noises make you jump. You’re staying at home more and more.”

“Even though I knew they were just fireworks on the 4th of July, to me they still sounded like incoming mortars. It took me right back to my deployment…”

“Driving down the roads in my home town, I found myself noticing every piece of debris, avoiding every pothole.”

“When stress brought on flashbacks, I dealt with them by drinking them away. I considered it recreational drinking, but really I was self-medicating.”

“I wanted to keep the war away from my family, but I brought the war with me every time I opened the door. It helps to talk with them about how I feel.”

“I thought I was being brave by ignoring it. But I was really being brave by facing up to it.”
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We need a new approach to Suicide Prevention and this approach can be only done when we provide PTSD Veterans a feeling of belongingness. Memorial Day 2016 which will be on May 30 will be a perfect time to start this. People should be encouraged to visit PTSD veterans and have some food with them as said by the Memorial Day 2016 authors in their post how to thank a veteran. It will really help the PTSD veteran to come back to real life and enjoy it upto the most.

On Memorial Day we remember those who gave their life for saving the country but is this any less than giving life? When a person faces such kind of PTSD then it is really difficult for him to live in this world. Memorial day began with the motive of remembering the veterans but more to that we should also remember the veterans when they are alive as well. That is the Least we can do for PTSD Veterans.

If you are interested in any such kind of contributation do let us know by contacting us.

The Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

President Obama marked a veteran suicide anticipation bill into law Thursday, approaching all Americans to “connect and accomplish more with and for our veterans.”

“This must be a national mission. As a country, we ought not to be fulfilled, won’t succeed until each man and lady in uniform, each veteran, gets the help that they have to stay solid and sound,” Obama said. “Today we respect a young fellow who isn’t here, however, ought to be here,” Obama said at a White House marking function, encompassed by Hunt’s folks and companions. “Part of what made him astounding was he could name the issue. He comprehended it.” Obama said Hunt looked for help, yet “when the seriousness of his condition was spotted, it was way past the point of return.” He said the changes in the bill might have spared Hunt’s life.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act will help the Department of Veterans Affairs concentrate new procedures for suicide aversion and give understudy advance motivators to enroll therapists to work with veterans. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America Veterans Act requires the VA to make an incorporated site for veterans. Emotional wellness benefits, an understudy credit reimbursement program that would present to $120,000 every year to enroll specialists who focus on working for VA, and a project that would take back unneeded physician endorsed drugs from patients at VA offices. The bill additionally requires a free assessment of all VA psychological wellness consideration and suicide avoid practices to figure out what is working and make proposals on what is not and for the office to build up another companion bolster experimental run program intended to administration individuals who are leaving the military access VA emotional well-being consideration policies. Va.gov

The bill’s namesake was a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who battled with post-traumatic anxiety issue and crusaded in the interest of veterans human services. He took his life in 2011 at age 28.

“What this bill does is take away a few boundaries — some unnecessary hindrances that shouldn’t be there,” said Richard Selke, Hunt’s progression father. The bill requires a site with data on emotional well-being assets accessible to veterans from the VA and urges the VA to work together on suicide prevention endeavors with other psychological wellness associations. The bill additionally contains oversight procurements requiring a yearly, free appraisal of VA projects. Veterans advocates said they would keep on watching to perceive how the law was executed, and would push for considerably more enactment and oversight.

“Ideally, we can return after one year or two years and check the lives that are saved,” said Jake Wood, who presented with Hunt and campaigned for the bill. The bill-marking was a bipartisan function, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looking behind Obama as he marked. “Dirt’s folks are Texas Republicans,” Obama said. “That is to say; that is simply not run-of-the-mill Republican.”

It was the second bill Obama has marked into law this year. For the 2nd time in 5 weeks, House officials consistently passed clearing veterans emotional wellness enactment intended to dispatch new group outreach endeavors and enlist more specialists to moderate the country’s assessed 22 veterans suicides every day. What’s more, for the second time in five weeks, supporters will need to keep a watch out when — or if — the Senate will push forward on the measure.

House legislators called section of the bill an essential requirement for the Department of Veterans Affairs, which gauges upwards of 22 veterans a day submit suicide. The enactment was presented by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Richard Blumenthal (D.- Conn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D.- W.V.).

In November 2014, more than 600,000 veterans — 10% of the considerable number of Veterans Affairs patients — keep on waiting for a month or more for arrangements at VA healing centers and facilities, as per information acquired by USA TODAY. It comes during a period when suicide among vets is said to be at a scourge level. Government measurements demonstrate that vets are currently taking their lives at a rate of 22 every day, or, 8,000 every year.


Who is a PTSD Veteran?


Strangely, a standout amongst the most traumatic occasions for warriors sees mischief to other individuals—even to the adversary. In an overview done after the central Gulf War by David Marlowe, a specialist in anxiety related disarranges working with the Department of Defense; battle veterans reported that executing an adversary officer—or notwithstanding seeing one getting slaughtered—was more troubling than being injured oneself. Be that as it may, the most exceedingly awful experience, by a noteworthy edge, was having a companion bite the dust. In war after war, armed force after armed force, losing a mate is thought to be the most upsetting thing that can happen. It serves as a trigger for a mental breakdown on the war zone and re-modification challenges after the officer has returned home. [HealthyPlace]

As indicated by a recent report in the British Journal of Psychiatry, and as per insights distributed in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2000, on the off chance that you have an instructive deficiency. iIn the event that you are female, on the off chance that you have a low I.Q., or on the off chance that you were mishandled as a tyke, you are at a lifted danger of creating PTSD. These elements are about as prescient of PTSD as the seriousness of the injury itself.

Thirty-five years after recognizing the issue in its present frame, the American military now has the most noteworthy PTSD rate in its history—and presumably on the planet. Terrible encounters are tragically all inclusive. However, long haul debilitation from them is not, and notwithstanding billions of dollars spent on medication, half of our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have connected for lasting incapacity. Of those veterans treated, about a third have been determined to have PTSD. Since just around 10 percent of our military see battle, the greater part of vets asserting to experience the ill effects of PTSD appear to have been influenced by an option that is other than direct presentation to the threat. [Vanity Fair]

 How To Recognize PTSD

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Dissociation
  • Hyperarousal
  • Avoidance of memories related to the trauma
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares

Injury survivors prepare the late occasion through numerous individual examples. The finding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder might be made by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV Classification, which implies the accompanying six criteria are available:

  1. The individual was presented to a traumatic occasion
  2. The traumatic event is continually re-experienced through no less than one of the accompanying procedures:
  3. Constant shirking of boosts connected with the injury and desensitizing of general responsiveness (not present before the injury)
  4. Regular indications of expanded excitement (not present before the injury)
  5. The span of the unsettling influence (side effects in Criteria B, C, and D) is over one month.
  6. The unsettling influence causes clinically huge trouble or debilitation in social, word related, or other vital zones of working.

How PTSD is diagnosed

PTSD is analyzed by a specialist or other emotional well-being consideration supplier. To be determined to have this issue, a man must have the majority of the accompanying for no less than one month:

No less than one re-encountering indication

No less than three shirking side effects

No less than two hyperarousal indications

 Treatment of PTSD

Successful treatment after PTSD signs create is basic to recuperation and enhanced personal satisfaction. Suggested treatment shifts relying upon the individual’s manifestations and necessities. The principle treatment alternatives incorporate mental guiding that can include expressive therapies, for example, account, craftsmanship and play treatment and in addition, pharmaceutical or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). These medicines might be utilized independently or as a part of the blend, in counsel and the joint effort with the customer and the emotional wellness treatment group.