Early Detection

If you know someone who has served or is serving in military warfare, chances are they’ve acquired a sort of combat stress. This is normal and almost expected. Many will suffer through bad memories and anxiety, but there are those who will endure deeper issues and psychological health conditions. While detecting it can be difficult, it is vital that the disorder is detected as early as possible.
Why Early Detection is Important
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.

The transition from combat to an ordinary life is not an easy one, but the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund wants to make it easier, and you can help. If you think someone you know is suffering from any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them. It is the goal of IFHF to give back to the ones who have served our country and we can do that with your donations. We ask you to help make this goal a reality through your donation.

Posted on August 14 2014 in Blog

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