Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mission 4 Monday - PTSD - Our Vets

Red Alert

Here are some of the many symptoms of PTSD:
1. Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the traumatic event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions
2. Recurrent distressing dreams of the event
3. Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event was recurring
4. Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
5. Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that are reminders of the trauma
6. Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
7. Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
8. Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
9. Difficulty loving or receiving love from others
10. Difficulty falling or staying asleep
11. Irritability or outbursts of anger
12. Difficulty concentrating
13. Hyper-vigilance
14. Exaggerated startle response
15. Disturbances causing significant distress in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning
(from Quick Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association)

For More Information
Military Missions Network:

Point Man International Ministries:

National Center for PTSD:

A Woman's Story : The War at Home
My husband's safe return from Iraq was just the beginning of my family's battle.
by Marsha Carter Waddell

When my U.S. Navy SEAL husband, Mark, returned from Iraq with only a broken leg, I praised God he was home safe and sound. In the months following his homecoming, however, I sensed his leg was the least of our concerns. Although Mark recovered physically, his soul still walked with a limp. His unseen wounds, caused by war-zone experiences, slowly but surely infected our marriage, our children, and our family life.


He & Me + 3 said...

Thank you Michele for always posting such great information...if I ever have a question about any illness..I know right where I can find the information. Your blog is such a blessing as well as resource for your readers.

Denise said...

I praise God for using you as such a help to others.

luvmy4sons said...

I would be that no one thinks that PTSD would ever BE them and suffer without realizing what they were suffering from! Good stuff to know.

Saleslady371 said...

I am married to a war veteran serving 2 tours in Viet Nam. I can't tell you how often this war has come up in conversation over the past 37 years. Guess the trauma of war never leaves you.