Veterans, Mental Health, and Dealing With PTSD!
As many people know, May in the United States is Mental Health Awareness Month.
When it comes to Veterans, those who’ve dedicated the majority of their lives to protecting us, it’s important that we understand how their mental health can be greatly disrupted once they returned home.
At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we truly understand how difficult this can be, and have helped many Veterans in the past, by facilitating the necessary steps needed to ensure their quality of life.
In one major study, out of roughly 60,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 13.5% of deployed and nondeployed had screened positive for PTSD. Other studies have indicated that the rate can be as high as 20% to 30%. Sadly, over the last decade and a half, over a half-million troops have been diagnosed with PTSD.
If you, or someone that you love, is struggling with PTSD from a service-connected accident or injury, please contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban today. We are here to help!
PTSD: Causes & Symptoms
Many factors within a combat situation can certainly add a secondary layer of stress to an already stressful scenario. This largely aids in the production or continuation of a PTSD diagnosis, as well as several other mental health problems.
This mainly includes what an individual did while in combat, the areas in which the combat took place, and the type of person they’ve found themselves on the opposing side of throughout the duration of their deployment.
Sadly, another notable cause of PTSD in the military can be sexual trauma, often referred to by the acronym MST. This level of sexual harassment or assault takes place amongst both men and women and does not necessarily only occur during combat-related duties.
Reports have indicated that over 20% of women faced sexual assault, while 38% to 55% of men faced sexual harassment.
Symptoms of PTSD include, but are not likely limited to the following:
- Intrusive Memories
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Memory Problems
- Loss of Emotional Control
As noted above, it’s far common for veterans with PTSD to experience suicidal thoughts. It is important for everyone to understand that feeling suicidal does not mean crazy, weak, or flawed in any way, shape, or form. If you are thinking about taking your own life, please seek help immediately.
Talk to someone that you trust, call a suicide helpline, or speak with someone well equipped to provide you with the help you need. Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban have provided resources below to help!
National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1-800-273-8255.
Veterans Crisis Line | 1-800-273-8255 / TEXT – 838255.
Ways to Cope with PTSD
Many times, individuals who struggle with PTSD will feel an immense sense of anxiety. These symptoms will drive people with PTSD in the direction of substance abuse if not carefully monitored and controlled.
Thankfully, there are many ways to cope with these feelings outside of destructive behaviors, such as:
- Deep Breathing
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation/Meditation
- Social Support
- Writing/Art/Music Therapy
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If you, or someone you love, is struggling with PTSD from a service-related accident, don’t wait another minute, we urge you to please contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban today! Sign up using the form below, or call us now at (866) 866-VETS.
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