What is PTSD? Who does it affect? How can I recognize the signs? What can I do?
These are all questions begging answers in the daily life of our servicemen and women and their families. PTSD affects tens of thousands of people each and every day, Invisible Wound, Ltd. Is dedicated to make sure their story, and those of their families, is heard and that steps are being taken to begin the healing process. PTSD is manageable, normal, and a hard earned badge through extraordinary circumstances. Invisible Wound is committed to providing services, emotional support and life tools to those suffering from the invisible wounds of PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and is an acute anxiety disorder brought on by prolonged exposure to stress such as found in repeat deployments as well as other traumatic life events. It’s most often defined as a ‘normal reaction to an abnormal situation.’ Although normal, unattended PTSD can go from being manageable to taking over an individual’s life.
Who does it affect?
Everyone. The warrior, family, friends, co- workers, pets, passing connections, every facet of the warriors ability to relate to others can be negatively affected by PTSD without support. The warrior’s peace of mind, and mind at peace is what is really on the line. Every second without attention to this disorder is another missed opportunity for growth, and a moment of much needed reprise.
How can I recognize the signs?
Please see our PTSD information page.
What can I do? I need help.
Most importantly, please know that you are not alone. Secondly, connect with our network. Friend us on facebook, or send us an email and we will send you information on our 2014 retreats. Or maybe just connect you to a friend to talk to. It’s not an exact science- we are Veterans and Spouses helping each other, trying to do our best, and we’d love for you to join us. Welcome home.