"Everyone suffers from some kind of traumatic incident, but being in a combat zone is in a whole different world."
Chad Davis • Disabled Iraq Vet • September 25, 2009
Not many people who have not experienced Combat, too include the doctors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and poly trauma specialists can truly understand how it can and does affect an individuals life. It usually takes 1 year for a Soldier to even accept the fact that they have PTSD or Major depression. By the time they do realize it, it is usually too late when it comes to relationships, friendships, family or just being out in the general public. I have yet to see any VA doctor of any kind be able to connect with what it's going on in my mind.
For those who are not familiar with the acronym PTSD it stands for Post Traumatic Syndrome. Everyone suffers from some kind of traumatic incident, but being in a combat zone is in a whole different world. Even though I know consciously that I am in the United States, sitting in my home and talking to friends, subconsciously I'm still fighting the war in Iraq along with the other combat zones I had found myself in since I was 17. I call it being mentally stuck in the past while physically in the future. When those two worlds collide, all that follows is trouble, confusion, disorientation and terror.
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