PTSD

#1
I wasn't really sure where to write this.

First off I'm a poster in another username.

I'm a serving TA soldier and I think I'm suffering quite badly from PTSD , (I expet Reni or 5A to come in here any second and start ripping me :D ).

As a result of a task I was doing on an a Herrick tour I did and saw nasty sh*t quite often, what's clearer everyday is it's made me go a bit wibble, I'm not givin examples because that would make me easy ta ping.

I looked at contacting combat stress for a while, but when I finally plucked up the will to do it I noticed they don't treat serving soldiers, they want you to use the service health authourity (bear in mind I'm farkin stab and don't have access to such things).

I want to do further tours, is my career endex?

Who do I get help from, is there anyway to get help without the Army knowing?
 
#2
BoxOfFrogs said:
I wasn't really sure where to write this.

First off I'm a poster in another username.

I'm a serving TA soldier and I think I'm suffering quite badly from PTSD , (I expet Reni or 5A to come in here any second and start ripping me :D ).

As a result of a task I was doing on an a Herrick tour I did and saw nasty sh*t quite often, what's clearer everyday is it's made me go a bit wibble, I'm not givin examples because that would make me easy ta ping.

I looked at contacting combat stress for a while, but when I finally plucked up the will to do it I noticed they don't treat serving soldiers, they want you to use the service health authourity (bear in mind I'm farkin stab and don't have access to such things).

I want to do further tours, is my career endex?

Who do I get help from, is there anyway to get help without the Army knowing?
I think you should be able to go to your GP and ask to be referred to a service psych - they shouldn't involve your chain of command unless you're about to go doolally with an axe. I don't mean to make light of it (I have a bit of previous with this kind of thing) but if you want to "do further tours" then your condition can't be that bad.

Then again I'm not a doctor. I'm sure some friendly medic or nurse will turn up shortly and give you some proper advice!

Hope it all turns out well for you.
 
#3
BoF

I have just PM'd you

Magic
 
#4
Bubbles ref it not being that bad and wanting to do further tours.

I've always been a strong charactor so I can quite easily shake things off, and I hope to get better and serve the country again, but It's starting to get the better of me.

I didn't ask for this, and I certainly didn't expect it, I'm not the self pittying type at all, and I'm not the "thousand yard stare" walt type either.
 
#5
BoxOfFrogs said:
Bubbles ref it not being that bad and wanting to do further tours.

I've always been a strong charactor so I can quite easily shake things off, and I hope to get better and serve the country again, but It's starting to get the better of me.

I didn't ask for this, and I certainly didn't expect it, I'm not the self pittying type at all, and I'm not the "thousand yard stare" walt type either.
BoF

Sh*t happens but do not try and deal with it yourself, take it from one that knows.

Aye

Magic
 
#6
Get some help, its not worth f***king up the rest of your life just because you wont ask for help, do it now Mate
 
#7
I appreciate the advice, I know it's well intentioned but who do I go to?

Combat stress wont have me as I'm still serving, and I think going to the NHS would show up if I wish to mobilise in the future.

There's still things I want to do in the Army , I have goals still unacomplished and I could do with the money from another tour as I'm struggling because of the reccession.

Most of the time I'm fine but I've had some very bad days.
 
#8
BoxOfFrogs said:
I appreciate the advice, I know it's well intentioned but who do I go to?

Combat stress wont have me as I'm still serving, and I think going to the NHS would show up if I wish to mobilise in the future.

There's still things I want to do in the Army , I have goals still unacomplished and I could do with the money from another tour as I'm struggling because of the reccession.

Most of the time I'm fine but I've had some very bad days.
Go see your families GP
 
#9
BoxOfFrogs said:
I appreciate the advice, I know it's well intentioned but who do I go to?

Combat stress wont have me as I'm still serving, and I think going to the NHS would show up if I wish to mobilise in the future.

There's still things I want to do in the Army , I have goals still unacomplished and I could do with the money from another tour as I'm struggling because of the reccession.

Most of the time I'm fine but I've had some very bad days.
No Offence to the NHS but they are as much use on this matter as a Chocolate Fire Guard.

Even though you are serving I would still go to Combat Stress I do not believe they will turn you away

Any way all the best Mucker.

Aye

Magic
 
#10
Hopefully you're getting PMs from the snake oil salesmen that ARRSE seems to attract.

Anyway, I noticed you said you were going to contact Combat Stress, but didn't because of the Service Health Authority issue.

Maybe you should contact them anyway? Maybe they can advise you on what to do, as you can't be the first STAB needing help for PTSD?

Good luck and I hope you get sorted :)
 
#11
Trooper, visits to the GP show up on your NHS medical records, Chilwell have started requesting civvy as well as Army med docs.

Any mention of PTSD, instant binning.

I think it's a bit draconian as my problems at the moment are only depression (I can seem to smile much anymore) , interupted sleep (bad dreams) and panic attacks that leave me sweating (usually on public transport).

I'm sure if I was around other squaddies ripping the pish out of each other and generally having a laugh it would sort me out, but I'm not, I'm stuck working from home and reading Arrse for a fix of like-minded humour. Arrse is a poor substitute of late though. This is why I reckon another tour might help.

So I'm fooked really and I'm calling endex on this topic, but it does feel a bit better to finally say things I'd never tell my friends or family, even if it's anonymously over Arrse.
 

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#13
BoxOfFrogs said:
I will try combat stress, anonymously and see what they say, thankyou.
Sent you a PM
 
#14
Like most have said, just go through the military medical system. They won't fcuk you off, they'll help rehabilitate and have you back on tour if thats what you want to do. Good luck.
 
#15
leethelooney, I can only assume you're serving or ex regular, it doesn't work like that in the TA mate.

You go through demobilisation and have your medical check-up, I was held back a bit ( because I was, not very seriously, WIA and the problems only shown up on demob medical)

After a couple of months..

I then was demobbed and out of the regular Army after I passed the medical but as I am now "fixed" I am now an NHS/Charity problem and not the armys' problem.

*Edited to make my wibbling make sense*
 
#16
No, you're still the army's 'problem' (I'd use the term responsibility) if your struggling with a mental health problem caused by your service. There is a Reserve Mental Health Programme that operates from Chilwell. If you contact them they'll tell what to do, but basically you can be referred there by your GP.

You aren't going to get any sensible help if you don't go through your GP at some point.

If you do have PTSD then you'll need CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the only treatment shown to really be effective) to address it which will be up to 20 sessions of work. This can be delivered equally efficiently by the NHS (access to psychological therapies is rapidly improving and the new IAPT programmes were designed to deal with PTSD in ex or current TA forces personnel and ex regs from the outset) or by one of the military DCMHs dotted around the country.

GO AND SEE YOUR GP and get referred back to Chilwell. Ignore anyone who tells you they can cure PTSD in one to five sessions using Human Givens, TFT or EFT, they can't, it's total cobblers. None of them have any evidence to back it up.

Finally good luck and I hope you get what you need. PM me if you want any more info I'm a TA psych nursing officer and have deployed on Herrick in that role so I do know what I'm talking about.
 
#17
Pchycobabble, your advice seems sound and you seem to really know what you're talking about.

But can you answer me completly honestly, how likely is it after having gone on record as being a bit loopey would I ever get to go on tour again?
 
#18
I don't know your case so can't really comment. What I can say is that I'd rather have it properly sorted out. If that means you then can't deploy (don't know that it would) then at least you won't have the condition hanging over you and continuing to destroy your life.

There isn't a way of getting this solved sensibly or cheaply without involving GP or army at some point.
 
#19
BoxOfFrogs said:
I wasn't really sure where to write this.

First off I'm a poster in another username.

I'm a serving TA soldier and I think I'm suffering quite badly from PTSD , (I expet Reni or 5A to come in here any second and start ripping me :D ).

As a result of a task I was doing on an a Herrick tour I did and saw nasty sh*t quite often, what's clearer everyday is it's made me go a bit wibble, I'm not givin examples because that would make me easy ta ping.

I looked at contacting combat stress for a while, but when I finally plucked up the will to do it I noticed they don't treat serving soldiers, they want you to use the service health authourity (bear in mind I'm farkin stab and don't have access to such things).

I want to do further tours, is my career endex?

Who do I get help from, is there anyway to get help without the Army knowing?
You think you have PTSD? and there has been no diagnosis?

Look, I'm a civvy, for what its worth my advice is you must get a diagnosis. You need to go to someone in your unit, or whatever you all it. Self diagnosis never works! You need to note your triggers, keep a diary and get help.
 
#20
zazabell_012 said:
BoxOfFrogs said:
I wasn't really sure where to write this.

First off I'm a poster in another username.

I'm a serving TA soldier and I think I'm suffering quite badly from PTSD , (I expet Reni or 5A to come in here any second and start ripping me :D ).

As a result of a task I was doing on an a Herrick tour I did and saw nasty sh*t quite often, what's clearer everyday is it's made me go a bit wibble, I'm not givin examples because that would make me easy ta ping.

I looked at contacting combat stress for a while, but when I finally plucked up the will to do it I noticed they don't treat serving soldiers, they want you to use the service health authourity (bear in mind I'm farkin stab and don't have access to such things).

I want to do further tours, is my career endex?

Who do I get help from, is there anyway to get help without the Army knowing?
You think you have PTSD? and there has been no diagnosis?

Look, I'm a civvy, for what its worth my advice is you must get a diagnosis. You need to go to someone in your unit, or whatever you all it. Self diagnosis never works! You need to note your triggers, keep a diary and get help.
Yes I'm pretty sure, it's hard not to be when you've completly changed.

And my questions were directed to those who have served, have knowledge of the forces medical system or work for combat stress.

It's not up here for the entertainment of random civvies.

I'm out now before this gets silly, thanks to all genuine advice, some of it has given me a lot to think about. And some of you I may even be nicer to under my usual username.
 

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