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PTSD symptoms

Reliving the event
Memories of the trauma can come back at any time and can be triggered by reminders of what happened. You may have bad dreams, or feel like you are going through the trauma again.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
You may try to avoid places, people or things that bring back memories of the event.

Feeling numb
You may find it hard to express your feelings. You may feel distant or cut off from others.

Feeling keyed up
You may be on the lookout for danger. You might become angry very easily.

Other problems following trauma
If you have PTSD, you may also feel guilt, shame or depression. Problems with coworkers, friends, and loved ones are common. Many people with PTSD abuse alcohol or drugs.

Often, PTSD treatment can help these problems, too. The coping skills you learn to deal with PTSD work in other areas of your life.

Portrait of Veteran Richard Adams

Richard Adams

PTSD: Meet Veterans who have been there.

Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who have lived it. At www.ptsd.va.gov you can hear their stories and find out how treatment turned their lives around. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Learn more so you can help others, or even yourself.

Meet Richard Adams, E2, Navy Ammunition Transporter. “My family was always telling me I should go get some help.” Sound familiar?

It’s straight talk you will recognize.

Richard does not hesitate to tell his true story because he knows it will help other Vets.

“I snapped a lot at people. Especially at jobs. My wife asked me to get the help and I wouldn’t and I lost my marriage.”

Don’t want to talk about it or can’t? Listen to Richard: “My buddies and I, none of us talked about it. You know, be a man. Stop whining.

“I never talked about it. Until I went into the VA hospital and got the help I needed.”

“My ex-husband used to tell me that his wife never came home…”

— Sarah Humphries

Richard is just one Veteran you will meet in June (www.ptsd.va.gov). The first week, meet Veteran Timm Lovitt. He will tell you how he knew he had PTSD. Week two, meet CPT Sarah Humphries. She struggles to explain, “my ex-husband, he used to tell me that his wife never came home…”

Veterans with PTSD want you to know that you are not alone. During June meet four of these Veterans who experienced PTSD and got help with treatment.

You may recognize yourself in these stories. We want you to feel optimistic that you can overcome your challenges with proper treatment. You will also find resources to help you understand PTSD and to get needed help.

These videos are from a new project called “AboutFace.” Over 40 Veterans from all eras tell you how PTSD has affected them and their loved ones. They tell you about the steps they took to get their lives back.

June is PTSD Awareness Month and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, VA wants to help. Start here: www.ptsd.va.gov