Understanding PTSD for Veterans

Many veterans, especially those who transition to civilian life, often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental health condition, also known as shell shock, is common among people who have experienced an accident.

For veterans, they are often exposed to war zones and training activities as well as life-threatening experiences. Symptoms of the disorder include nightmares, flashbacks, and extreme anxiety. One of the most common causes of PTSD is military service. Fortunately, by taking care of themselves, veterans with PTSD can improve their quality of life.

Veterans are affected by PTSD in a variety of ways. For example, war veterans may avoid places, people, or situations that remind them of the trauma. They can also react emotionally and are always on their toes. This can lead to sleep problems, anxiety, concentration problems, and alertness. Additionally, it is common for veterans to have suicidal thoughts.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for veterans with PTSD. Former military service members may require social support, counseling, and/or rehabilitation and rehabilitation. They can also try breathing and yoga to calm their mind. For more information about how PTSD affects veterans, see the following resource.

This infographic was created by Veteran Car Donations, a car donation organization

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