Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a very serious condition. Under certain circumstances, the stress, fear, or anxiety of a situation, or even many situations can adversely effect a person. It doesn’t have to be combat or combat related, though many are from serving in battle.
The important thing to remember about this, is even though you can’t see it like a broken leg or a high blood pressure reading, it is very much a real and potentially life-threatening disease. In most cases, a persons brain actually changes its chemistry after PTSD emerges. There is no shame in this disease, and there is certainly no shame in asking for help in learning how to live with it. It will effect your life and the lives of those around you, if you don’t take steps to understand and deal with it.
Please click here for the VA’s State-by-State service center page. If you are diagnosed with PTSD within two years from your date of discharge, you can be at least service connected for the purpose of treatment. Please speak with a local Vet Center counselor.