Life for military members and their families can be difficult enough. But add the Anxiety and hardship of posttraumatic stress disorder and a family and every day actions that used to be simple can sometimes be completely transformed. Unlike other head injuries, post traumatic stress can often go undiagnosed long after a soldier has returned home from duty. While understanding the symptoms and signals pointing toward the existence of post traumatic stress disorder won’t minimize the effects or change its existence, recognizing it and knowing when it’s affecting your family can be the first step to seeking help and receiving treatment.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Memory
The memory of a family member may be one of the most powerful indicators of the existence of posttraumatic stress disorder. And while symptoms may be present that point to PTSD, getting the professional opinion of a trained medical professional is always imperative to truly understanding the effects, treatment options and whether or not you are suffering from the disorder. Flashbacks and relived memory of certain events, especially events that took place during wartime situations, are sometimes a symptom of posttraumatic stress. In addition, dreams and nightmares may also be present, prompting upsetting memories.
Additionally, those struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder may feel like they cannot concentrate on tasks or things they used to be able to focus on. Instead, a wandering mind that makes it difficult to remember every day things as well as a complete lack of focus and concentration can actually be a symptom of PTSD.
Emotions and the Roller Coaster of PTSD
Reliving painful and scary memories can be difficult. Some may experience feelings of hopelessness and avoid people and recreational activities previously enjoyed. It is not uncommon for those with PTSD to feel a complete numbness, steering away from feeling the trauma and stress.
Difficulty Controlling Emotions
Understanding the way you feel can be overwhelming, especially when shame and confusion are involved. But while dealing with heartache, hopelessness and stress can be overwhelming on their own. Add anger into the mix and you have created a potential powder keg. Anger and temper issues can be especially difficult for family members who are walking on eggshells in an effort to prevent out bursts or triggers that could result in moments of anger or violence. Children, spouses and other family members may not understand how to help or prevent the anger that a soldier that has returned home and is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder feels.
Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The way you deal with some of the symptoms mentioned previously is also an indicator in and of itself. Dealing with some of the feelings, fear and anger experienced can be difficult for anyone. In some situations, using alcohol, drugs or substances can highlight the inability to effectively deal with emotions coinciding with posttraumatic stress.
Despite the prevalence of symptoms associated with PTSD, they may not always be present all the time. While not all symptoms and experiences may be alike and the methods they are dealt with may contrast depending on the person dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, seeking help is vital to moving forward.
Gary Schroeder is a freelance blog contributor. He is studying for his nursing residency. He enjoys contributing medical related articles.

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