FU PTSD – With No Apologies.

Hear daily life stories from those suffering, learn the symptoms and find new treatments.

 

The Latest Treatments And Resources 

UPDATED TREATMENT INFO: FEBRUARY 2019

Ketamine Microdosing Offers Fast-Acting PTSD and Depression Relief

National VA PTSD Consultation page: https://bit.ly/2A13gCw

Two most effective PTSD treatments show similar benefits and none from combining them: https://bit.ly/2SaWgzz

PTSD isn’t new, but according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 10 to 18 percent of the 2.7 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (270,000 – 480,00 soldiers) may have PTSD. Read their #FUPTSD stories below.

See the latest FDA-approved PTSD treatment time line here.

FU PTSD means we’re a little angry at this #1 cause of soldier and veteran suicide. If we can’t get mad, we won’t get even. PTSD needs an enemy, and we’re happy to fight it.

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Even just falling asleep was tough. The minute I would start dozing off I would get a surge of adrenaline or anxiety, and would wake up. And even when I did fall asleep, I would wake up with night terrors or sweats.


— Stacy L. Pearsall
US Air Force (1998–2008)


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Memory of the improvised explosive device (IED) that had taken my leg remained fresh in my mind. It took me a while to get down from that. Especially driving on the road, anything that looked like trash or debris on the side ... I had nightmares.


- Dexter Pitts

Iraq 2014


From the VA PTSD Handbook

Anon WW II Soldier

I avoid elevators, crowds and July 4th fireworks; I’m claustrophobic from the 12 days I spent in a lightless cell at the Luftwaffe interrogation center in Germany, and I won’t fly unless I have an aisle seat. I tell them about my bombing missions with the Eighth Air Force during WWII and the day that my B-17 exploded over Berlin. How I am plagued with guilt over the loss of four of my crewmates that day. What it was like being a POW for a year and how exhilarating it was to see Patton lead his troops through the barbed wire gates of our Stalag to liberate us.



Anon WW II vet
Photo credit to Warbirds News
Link to story by Normal Bussel

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Sometimes I think I have most of this PTSD and guilt resolved. Other times I feel nothing has changed. I’m always rehashing the past, turning things over and over in my mind. I feel like I'm under constant scrutiny. I avoid group attention.

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I went home one evening and all of sudden, I felt a tightness in my chest, it was hard to breathe, I felt closed in and panicky. I bolted out of bed thinking I was dying. I paced the room in the dark for hours before I exhausted myself. I almost went to the ER that night, but the Soldier in me said to stick it out. 


- Chaplain (Maj.) Carlos C. Huerta

April 25, 2012


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The emotional numbness…will just tear away all of the relationships in your life, you know, if you don’t learn to unlock them [and] get those emotions out.


— Sarah C. Humphries
US Army (1994–2012)


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I began having nightmares and intrusive thoughts in addition to developing a sleep disorder, but was afraid of the stigma to seek help.  I was starting to have suicidal ideations. I had lost at least two more of my battle buddies at that point. Death seemed welcoming at that point. I wanted to end the pain I was going through. It just felt very confusing. I couldn’t concentrate and couldn’t sleep. I didn’t like that I was taking it out on my soldiers and my family.


-  Manuel “Al” Alcantara

October 2015 

from Defense.gov


#FU PTSD

It was almost eight years ago that I took all the sleeping pills and medication I could get, drove to a farmer’s field and laid down, hoping for the end. I didn’t understand what was going on with me and it seemed everything I was doing was hurting people around me.


- Corporal Joseph Rustenburg

A person with PTSD is at a higher risk for suicide and intentional self-harm. Some get help that comes in the form of therapy or drugs. Some don’t. Some won’t. 

Twenty-two soldier suicides happen every day. Some of their families can’t afford a decent burial for them.  That’s where you and I come in. I’ve had enough. I’m angry.

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PTSD Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.

Sleeplessness

Anger

Anxiety

Sense of isolation

All these symptoms can accompany PTSD and pose tremendous challenges for veterans and their families. There’s an enduring stigma around mental health care that still discourages many from seeking help. GET HELP!

Symptoms may include: disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response. These symptoms last for more than a month after the event. Young children are less likely to show distress but instead may express their memories through play.  

Most people who have experienced a traumatic event will not develop PTSD. People who experience interpersonal trauma (for example rape or child abuse) are more likely to develop PTSD, as compared to people who experience non-assault based trauma such as accidents and natural disasters. About half of people develop PTSD following rape. Children are less likely than adults to develop PTSD after trauma, especially if they are under ten years of age. Diagnosis is based on the presence of specific symptoms following a traumatic event.

 

Prevention

Prevention may be possible when therapy is targeted at those with early symptoms but is not effective when carried out among all people following trauma. The main treatments for people with PTSD are counseling and medication. A number of different types of therapy may be useful. This may occur one-on-one or in a group. Antidepressants of the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor type are the first-line medications for PTSD and result in a benefit in about half of people.

These benefits are less than those seen with therapy. It is unclear if using medications and therapy together has greater benefit. Other medications do not have enough evidence to support their use and in the case of benzodiazepines may worsen outcomes.

 

PTSD Statistics

In the United States, about 3.5% of adults have PTSD in a given year, and 9% of people develop it at some point in their life. In much of the rest of the world, rates during a given year are between 0.5% and 1%. Higher rates may occur in regions of armed conflict. It is more common in women than men. Symptoms of trauma-related mental disorders have been documented since at least the time of the ancient Greeks.

PTSD History

During the World Wars study increased and it was known under various terms including “shell shock” and “combat neurosis”. The term “post-traumatic stress disorder” came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War. It was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III).

VA Myths

 

The VA doesn't pay for funerals, caskets, cremation, bodies being flown home, or headstones. Veterans get a plot in a national cemetery, a marker and a ceremony.