Veterans and First Responders
Experiencing any of these?
- Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive anxious memories of a traumatic event
- Recurrent distressing dreams
- Flash backs of intense or prolonged anxiety with marked physical reactions in response to cues that symbolize or resemble a traumatic event
- Persistent inability to experience positive emotions (happiness, satisfaction, or loving feelings)
- An altered sense of the reality of one’s surroundings or oneself (being in a daze, time has slowed down)
- “How’d I get here”, or a break in time one cannot recall what happened
- Efforts to avoid a distressing memory, thought, or feeling about a traumatic event
- Efforts to avoid people, places, conversations, activities, objects, situations that might recall distressing memories, thoughts, or feelings about a traumatic event
- Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, restless sleep), or maybe avoid sleep to stop night terrors
- Irritable behavior and angry outbursts (with little or no provocation), typically expressed as verbal or physical aggression toward people or objects
- Problems with concentration
- Exaggerated startle response
These symptoms may cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of life.
What should I do? How do I get started?