One does not need to endure combat in order to experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). No, PTSD can arise from anywhere, and from anything. Combat zones, however, have proven to be one of the most traumatic things an individual can encounter.
What happens when one experiences PTSD is that the individual’s nervous system, in essence, becomes stuck, or immobile, which is the opposite of the default setting of human beings: mobilization. This is otherwise known as fight or flight.
Symptoms of this immobility include, but aren’t limited to the four following symptoms: recurrent, intrusive reminders of the traumatic event
1) Recurrent, intrusive reminders of the traumatic event
2) Extreme avoidance of things that remind you of the traumatic event
3) Negative changes in your thoughts and mood
4) Being on guard all the time, jumpy, and emotionally reactive
Symptoms can develop within hours or days of a traumatic event, but can also take weeks or years to surface. When it does surface, it’s imperative that treatment be sought, and that the process of helping your nervous system “become unstuck” be underway immediately.
But you already knew all of that, didn’t you? Even if you did, the questions and answers you’ll find in the quiz we’ve put together below will educate you further on Combat PTSD.
Getting started with the quiz is simple: just click “Begin,” and answer the seven multiple choice questions that follow. Then, take action either by sharing your results on Facebook, or by signing a petition that aims to help veterans everywhere.
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