Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Soldiers Health And Legal Recognition
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Soldiers Health And Legal Recognition

Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for military soldiers are composed here. Military soldiers who have undergone suffering of PTSD are helped by Vietnam Veterans of America lawsuit.

Between the years of 2003 and 2008 thousands of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans were medically discharged without  the coverage to get treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD symptoms persisted beyond combat leading in personal lives with flashbacks, suffering and anxiety that affected their mental health along with family unity.

Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder include, yet are not limited to numerous health problems that began as early as three months after combat, however were experienced and seen years after the traumatic events took place.

Veterans experiencing PTSD symptoms place in three different types namely: intrusive memories, increased anxiety, avoidance and numbing. Severity of these reactions varies as do those symptoms that come and go.

Common symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder

1.  Reoccurring, disturbing dreams of combat

2.  Daytime flashbacks reliving combat situations

3.  Avoidance in talking and thinking about past trauma

4.  Lack of focus

5.  Crying spells

6.  Interrupted or inability to sleep

7.  Feelings of shame or guilt

8.  Associating news to personal combat situations

9.  Easily frightened

10.Excessive anger, excitability or being irritable

11.Extreme saddness

12.Seeing, hearing or imagining things that are not real.

13.Extreme eating habits

14.Drug dependency to numb feelings of past traumatic event

15.Thoughts of harming self or others

16.Self destructive behavior such as over indulgence in alcohol

17.Headaches, stomachaches, pounding heart and nausea

18.Trouble returning to work or school

19.Avoiding people or complete hermit way of living

August 3, 2011, an immediate press release became the help for post traumatic stress disorder veterans. When PTSD diagnosis was made for thousands of disabled veterans the National Legal Services Program and their law firm teamed up to finally manage treatment for soldiers. John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America gave credit to Pfizer, the pharmaceutical firm who gave free legal counseling to those veterans choosing to be a part of the lawsuit.

The soldiers will now be awarded disability retirement benefits retroactive to their date of discharge with the diagnosis of PTSD. Health benefits will be given for the life of the veteran, spouse and dependent children. Lifetime commissary and military base privileges are a part of the package due these brave soldiers who have health problems associated with PTSD. In addition, the military has given an increase to another thousand veterans who were not given the 50% PTSD rating.



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Great article, Roberta. Families and friends tend to forget all to easily that their loved one who faced things during combat situations often faced things the rest of us cannot even begin to imagine. My step son was in Iraq, but long before that was trained as a sniper and sent to places we still have not been told about. I praise God he is out of the military altogether now, but it was an extremely thing for him when he came back home and things continued on in everyone's normal life just as they had before he left us. Though life was safer and he was so glad to be back home with his family, I know it was difficult on so many levels for him to settle into the slower and safer life than he had been used to. Dreams were horrifying, I'm sure and I know he had demons to face each day there for a while. What an important article for us all to read and keep in mind.

Voted this up and promoting it as well. Well done my friend!

Not a good thing for people to go through.. I wonder if there is a personality type imunne to this? I guess if there is then they might be psychopath though.. hmmm.

Very thought provoking information! Exceptional, and deserves a vote up.

Chemicals, stressful environment, being deprived from family and loved ones (in hostile environment), etc etc etc... Are horrible and very detrimental to one's mental and physical health. I believe they go hand in hand. Great analysis. Let the soldiers get PTSD help, they deserve more than that, at minimum!

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War experienced are very traumatic and a lifetime effect, brilliant article my friend.

Even the bravest soldiers experienced such hard trauma. It is a constant and difficult struggle for them..

voted, oh dear, wish no one goes through such experiences and that wars and terrorism would end. when will the world become a better place?

Informative as well as educational piece. Thanks, roberta!

Well written article. Thanks.


Just thought i should share with you guys the latest news about PTSD that's apparently been experiencing by US Veterans.

United States veteran health care is currently in a labyrinth of inadequacy. Add to this the fact that some crucial medications do not work, as reported by a brand new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the study, probably the most widely prescribed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) narcotics are no more useful than placebos at curing the condition, yet still have severe side effects like weight gain and exhaustion.

Article source: Antipsychotics fail to alleviate PTSD symptoms in veterans

I'm really concerned about the hazardous effects of these so called drugs.This case should be taken seriously, considering the fact that US Veterans are fighting for a cause, and their health should be prioritized in any way possible.

Not before time either... PTSD is a serious condition and should have been recognised many years ago. Great article, voted up!

Roberta, this article comes highly of importance. Thank you for taking the time to write it.

excellent information

This is ONE necessary article! I have PTSD as a result of child abuse. It make my heart happy that it is now "recognized" for those who serve to keep our country safe. Voted up.

A very important and positive article, presenting an expert analysis of the symptoms.

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Good info as always Roberta. Sorry, I'm out of votes, I'll return later, thanks. And promoted :)

Good to bring focus to this.

Great article, very informative!

Thanks for raising the issue of PTSD. Veterans do deserve better support and treatment!