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What exactly is it?
on February 18, 2015
You should separate PTSD into its component parts if you are to understand it. The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has several components. There is the 'trauma' part, during which time the person is enduring the causative activity. There is the 'stress' part, which may occur before, during or after the causative activity. And there is the 'post' part, which deals with the ramifications of the prior activities. People who have had none of these things really don't understand them at all, which is why medical care and understanding is so limited.
Let's talk about the 'trauma' first. Trauma can be defined as an action that is considered 'abnormal' by the majority of society. Yet the person enduring 'the trauma' may not consider it abnormal at all. For instance children who are born into active combat zones, in which they see people die all the time and often have to run for their lives, may consider these situations to be 'normal' and make adjustments (children are flexible). Only later when someone comes along and tells the child that their situation is 'abnormal' does the child start questioning. Doctors occasionally commit suicide when they cut into the human body and find it is nothing but a leather bag of bone, blood, slimy organs and neural networks. There is a problem connecting the fact that we are just animals, because our 'intellect' supposedly elevates us above 'the animals'. It's difficult to call yourself advanced when you're the same as all the 'dumb' animals around you! In today's world PTSD usually relates to a person who is involved in a catastrophic body-destructive situation or who has just missed being killed. It can be an automobile accident, having your tram fall 600 feet down a mountain or being in heavy combat. Since the most human bodies are sliced and diced in combat, most PTSD concentrates on this arena. Usually a person has someone die right next to them, while they are basically unharmed (survivor's syndrome); and so the person's life is ruined in that they spend it asking why they survived! This happens in cars and foxholes, in mine explosions, in parachuting or any number of dangerous activities. In addition to survivor's syndrome the trauma survivor may have another person's body blown all over him. Humans are not trained in 'blood and guts' in school, so this is something to which (like the doctor) they cannot adapt to. PTSD can come in many arenas. A child who has been 'molested' from the age of a young child is not 'traumatized' because he thinks this situation is 'normal'. It is not until some social worker comes along and defines it for him, that he begins to see another side. So 'trauma' is relative. In addition, the more highly trained a person is (a soldier, for instance), so-called trauma affects them less.
STRESS--Stress can occur before, during or after trauma. A soldier who believes he is going to die under overwhelming odds (officers using enlisted as cannon fodder for their own glory) have a lot of real stress even though nothing has happened yet, which affects their overall performance. A driver sliding on ice toward a cliff or watching his car fill with water in a river is under a great deal of stress in real-time. A soldier returning from heavy combat to a 'normal' non-combat world suddenly has an infusion of dissociation in dealing with the fact that there are 'two worlds'; one where people are being blown apart and one where everyone is oblivious and unconcerned...the after-stress!
POST PHASE--Social workers are notorious for not understanding people who have PTSD and in effect can actually cause Post Phase. For soldiers the problem has to do with the fact that on the other side of the world, their friends are still being torn apart by munitions and in their present environment no one seems to give a f***! In other words he suddenly realizes that there are two fates...two worlds. He doesn't understand the lack of concern. In his mind all he sees is bodies being torn apart, while in front of him girls are going to school in pretty dresses. Soldiers have much to try to correlate. In combat zones in war there are many levels. Only ten percent of soldiers within the combat zone actually do any fighting and so are THE ONES who see and endure the real-time trauma. The other ninety percent sit in the rear and eat all the steak and drink all the beer. The majority of 'soldiers' aren't even in the combat zone and so are not in harm's way at all. When this soldier returns with his torn-up body and horrible memories he finally realizes he has been a chump, betrayed by the very service to which he was dedicated. Once he deals with the incompetents at the Veteran's Administration hospital suddenly he realizes he's the fall guy! For many, this is the real Post Trauma. American society is notorious for treating their returning combat soldiers like s***! What military reintegration programs (started after returning Vietnam veterans were spit on in the streets)fail to provide...is this awareness that soldiers are considered expendable scum. This is the fault of American Administrations, who's only concern is starting more wars and drafting more unwary citizens to die for overt corporate profit. So WHO really treats PTSD? That would be the soldier himself. He either realizes what is going on and deals with it in his own way or he commits suicide. The same number of Vietnam combat soldiers died in POST suicides as actually died in the war, thanks to vicious and ignorant American citizens led by members of the J*wish N*w W*rld Ord*r, who sent them in the first place!