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Combat Trauma

Symptoms of Combat Trauma
  • Anger
  • Rage
  • Guilt (over killing)
  • Guilt (over not doing enough/failing to save someone)
  • Betrayal (because of real or perceived command failure)
  • Grief, guilt over loss of fellow warriors
  • Combat-related flashbacks
  • Combat-related dissociation
  • Exaggerated startle response
Principal causes of Combat Trauma
  • Life-threat trauma
  • Traumatic loss
  • Moral injury
Events most likely to result in Combat Trauma
  • being attacked or ambushed
  • receiving incoming rocket or mortar fire
  • being shot at
  • being responsible for the death of an enemy combatant or civilian
  • seeing or handling seriously injured fellow warriors or their remains
  • being on "bagging" duty
  • being on clean-up duty
  • being injured
  • being separated from ones unit
Behavioral manifestations of Combat Trauma
  • Abuse of alcohol or other substances
  • Engaging in high-risk, potentially lethal activities
  • Misconduct
  • Domestic violence
  • Criminality
  • Suicide

Untreated Combat Trauma increases the risk of suicide. Don't wait until it is too late - help is ALWAYS available. While it is true that most people exposed to traumatic events get over this experience on their own, when people are very close to what happened, physically and psychologically, the effects can be more long lasting, ESPECIALLY when they have been exposed, repeatedly, to multiple traumatic events without time to rest, as occurs down range.

Being in a continuous state of hyper arousal makes it very difficult, because of brain chemistry, for these disturbing thoughts and feelings to recede. If this is YOU - and you think what you are experiencing is getting more severe, or your friends or family members are concerned about you, or you are self-medicating with alcohol or other substances, call one of the phone numbers listed on the Crisis Lines page to get some help - before things get worse!

If you are thinking about or worried about harming yourself or someone else call 911, or ask a supportive family member or friend for immediate help.

Remember - Combat Trauma is TREATABLE.

Common symptoms of PTSD
  • Sleep difficulties and constant fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, thinking, making decisions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal from social activities and friends
  • Problems at home
  • An increase in accidents
  • An increase in taking unnecessary risks
  • Physical complaints and medical illness or fear of medical illness
  • A significant increase in the use of alcohol and other substances

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