Whether you are a civilian, military spouse, or soldier, the idea of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can bring up many stigma-realted concerns. The truth is, almost every person has experienced something "traumatic" in their life. Especially since the impact of trauma is subjective, every person's experience is unique. First, let's address what PTSD is.
What is (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? It is a type of anxiety disorder occurring after a traumatic event that involves death, perceived possibility of death, or injury. Traumatic events can include anything from sexual/physical abuse as a child, rape, a car accident, September 11th, combat, or other experiences defined by the individual. It can occur at any age, regardless of gender. You should not try to assess yourself, but should get the help of a professional. For more information, click here
There are currently many forms of therapy that have proven successful. The Fraser Center is pleased to offer some of the best, research-based treatment measures including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). For more on EMDR, click here.
If you are a soldier, the idea of PTSD may bring up concerns of it effecting whether you are "fit of duty". The military has come a long way in it's acceptance of PTSD and other combat related invisible wounds. The Fraser Center does not answer to your chain of command and is able to keep your therapy confidential.
What is Combat Stress? It is not a diagnosable disorder, but is characterized by symptoms of emotional and/or physical fatigue. Some of these may include difficulty managing moods, crying, withdrawing or avoiding social situations, replaying events or flashbacks, difficulty with anger or other behavior. Every person is different. For more information, click here
If you feel you may struggle with either of these, please call and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals. For an informal confidential screening on whether you may suffer from PTSD, Depression, or Combat Stress, click here.
Finally, if you are still struggling with the stigma associated with PTSD, General Carter Ham, the Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, experienced combat stress upon his return from an Iraq deployment. He and his wife spoke candidly about the experience, his treatment and recovery in a January 2009. To read more about his journey through healing, click here.