Thursday, September 16, 2010

Non-Combat Related PTSD

  Post traumatic stress disorder is a disease that can be caused by a number of factors. First, one has to experience an event so traumatic that it disrupts daily life. It is a disabling anxiety disorder that people might develop following exposure to one or more traumatic events. A trauma is an event that causes intense fear during which the individual may feel like they (or someone very close to them) are about to die or experience serious harm. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event which results in psychological trauma.
  PTSD has become a disease that has garnered interest the last few years mainly because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers are being diagnosed with PTSD because of these wars.
  I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2002 by a doctor in the Veterans Hospital in Tuscaloosa, AL. I did not agree with the diagnosis until 2008. My traumatic event happened in 1978 and my life began to spiral out of control very shortly after.
 This is my story.
  When I was growing up the only thing that I wanted to do with my life was to become a doctor. I came from a middle-class family and the only way I was to attend college was through the military. I joined the Air Force shortly after graduating high school and entered the medical field with the plan of attending college with the help of the military's GI Bill. I was stationed at Eglin. A.F.B. in Florida after attending medical training in Texas. My job was attending to orthopaedic surgery patients. I started IV's, put down NG tubes, foley caths, and a lot of patient care. I really loved my job. It was the spring of 1978 when I met the man that would soon come to rule my sleep. I will explain in detail the traumatic event that almost took my life. later,  theblogmeister

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