1. Symptoms could worsen – Trouble falling asleep, irritability, anxiety, nightmares, physical pain, depression; these are some of the many symptoms that can develop further if psychological health conditions aren’t recognized and addressed.
2. Self-medication gone awry – Instead of prescribed medication, many service members, unfortunately, are turning to alcohol and drugs. This form of self-medicating numbs the struggle of their emotional anxiety and repressed memories. If allowed to continue, this can turn into substance abuse, deepen the symptoms, hinder treatment, and make the healing process much more difficult when it does begin.
3. Family issues arise – These conditions affects the service member and the ones closest around him/her, which is usually their family. If the anger and depression are left untreated, a disconnection with the family can form very quickly. For example, Lt. Pete Scobell, former US Navy SEAL and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Honorary Co-Chair. Scobell had a difficult time adjusting after his time serving and it caused disruption with his family, which led to increased recovery time.
4. Physical health deterioration – The National Center for PTSD has shown a connection between PTSD and heart trouble. Flashbacks, nightmares and other constant reminders of time in war can be accompanied by extreme physical reactions like increased heart rate and rapid breathing. Overtime, this can develop into stomach complications, chest pain, a weakened immune system, nausea, and other body pain.
Posted on August 14 2014 in Blog