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A Soldier's Nightmare

             "You can't patch a wounded soldier with a Band-Aid," stated Michael Connelly, the author of The Black Echo. This quote directly explains the loss, guilt, shame and regrets of our soldiers that are being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder also known as PTSD. It causes pain that tortures the hearts and souls of our military that fight for our freedom. PTSD is an intense disorder that causes a constant battle that resurrects from deep within oneself. Imagine not being able to close your eyes for one second, and being forced to relive memories that you are so desperately trying to avoid. Statistics provides evidence declaring PTSD an ailment which causes intense symptoms; there are thousands of military personnel overlooked each year with this debilitating condition. .
             Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating disorder that affects many of our soldiers today. PTSD can occur at any time that someone has been involved or witnessed a traumatic event. During a traumatic event, the victim is in fear for their life or somebody else's life. The victim may be terrified and feel that they have absolutely no control over the situation. Not everyone may experience the symptoms of this heart- wrenching disorder. There are many symptoms that one may suffer, which is reliving the event, nightmares, flashbacks, adverse changes in feelings or beliefs, aggressiveness, shame, fear, guilt, and suicidal thoughts. People may try to avoid social situations in fear that they always have to be on the lookout, thinking someone may try to harm them. After being exposed to a catastrophic event, the brain is altered on how it reacts to process information, and how they interact with the environment.
             Research finds that several thousand soldiers fail to seek treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. "Fewer than half of the soldiers who report symptoms of combat-related PTSD receive the care they need," stated Maj.

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