PTSD

#1
I need some advice. I've just come back from a hot sandy place, where I saw a lot of action with SF. I thought I could handle it, but I can't. My life is falling apart around me. I keep seeing the dead in my office - their eyes are silently blaming me for the horrors I have visited on them.

Other symptoms include extreme irritability, telephone phobia, night terrors, recurring flashbacks and nausea. In extreme cases I have suffered from hallucinations involving my mother screaming at me from the end of a long dry hallway.

Is there anyone on ARRSE who can help?
 
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#3
Personally I think PTSD is a lot of over-hyped BS, and most of the homeless maggots hanging around London claiming to be ex-squaddies are chancers and liars. Read 'Stolen Valor' by BJ Birkett to discover how he has debunked thousands of these frauds in the US. If you're after a handout, you've come to the wrong place.
 
#5
Firstly ,

Invictus, please refer to the thread sticky in Current Affairs, we do have a resident specialist who will talk to you in confidence.

Secondly, ChickenPunk , I undertand your reaction, but a quick check reveals Invictus is NOT a journo , and is, judging from where he is posting , very genuine indeed. Therefore your remarks are a bit strong.

Chin up Invictus, you'll get more support than slagging.


Regards

PTP

Edit - Invictus, you're about to have someone with "SigniFicant Military Experience" PM you for a quick chat. :D
 
#6
INV1CTUS said:
I need some advice. I've just come back from a hot sandy place, where I saw a lot of action with SF. I thought I could handle it, but I can't. My life is falling apart around me. I keep seeing the dead in my office - their eyes are silently blaming me for the horrors I have visited on them.
Are you BB?
 
#7
I have every sympathy if this guy is suffering - mental anguish is the worst - no visible scars, does it mean you are weak? So much self-doubt.

However, SF normal next step is to write a book about it!
 
#8
chickenpunk said:
Personally I think PTSD is a lot of over-hyped BS, and most of the homeless maggots hanging around London claiming to be ex-squaddies are chancers and liars. Read 'Stolen Valor' by BJ Birkett to discover how he has debunked thousands of these frauds in the US. If you're after a handout, you've come to the wrong place.
Yeah and I have seen plenty of genuine cases, so leave it out and give the guy a chance.
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#9
chickenpunk said:
Personally I think PTSD is a lot of over-hyped BS, and most of the homeless maggots hanging around London claiming to be ex-squaddies are chancers and liars. Read 'Stolen Valor' by BJ Birkett to discover how he has debunked thousands of these frauds in the US. If you're after a handout, you've come to the wrong place.

Chikenpunk: In, Neck, Your, Wind. Put these words into the proper order. This board is not for slagging off people who may have problems, it for trying to help them. If you can't at least try to be helpful your posts will be deleted.
 
#11
Ignore the post above.
 
#13
PTSD is extremely real, and there are hundreds of ex squads homeless on the Streets. Ask the staff of Shelter or Combat Stress why they are so busy !

Chickenpunk, just because you havent come across them, that doesnt mean its not a very real condition.
For the past 3 years ive worked with guy's that served in NI, that suffer with PTSD, just be glad you dont know more about it.
Invictus, if you need any help, shout.
 
#14
What are your qualifications to help or advise PTSD sufferers R_T_G?
 

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R_T_G said:
PTSD is extremely real, and there are hundreds of ex squads homeless on the Streets. Ask the staff of Shelter or Combat Stress why they are so busy !

Chickenpunk, just because you havent come across them, that doesnt mean its not a very real condition.
For the past 3 years ive worked with guy's that served in NI, that suffer with PTSD, just be glad you dont know more about it.
Invictus, if you need any help, shout.
Invictus, if you have any questions regarding help for PTSD sufferers please contact the site admin as they have real contacts with people who are qualified to provide assistance.


R_T_G may or may not be for real, but as you've probably noticed we have had problems with Jeannie of Worthing who is herself in dire need of psycological treatment.
 
#16
What are your qualifications to help or advise PTSD sufferers R_T_G?
Mine - Nil, however, im not claiming to be clinically trained or that i personally advise PTSD sufferers.
I work with an organisation that supports, amongst others, those that suffer with PTSD from their service in NI, the organisation has a support network that includes Combat Stress, TRBL, St. Dunstans and staff who are trained and qualified to deal with issues such as PTSD.



please contact the site admin as they have real contacts with people who are qualified to provide assistance.
Glad to hear it.
 
#17
Chickenpunk,

I have been on this site for a while now although not posted so much. I normally find your posts interesting and highly amusing in regard to their subject. I have found your post in this subject bang out of order. I am currently getting Medically discharged after 16 1/2 years in service for PTSD. I do not claim to have done any SF work or anything like that but my experience as an RMP dealing with fatalities has taken its toll.
If you had have spoken to me a couple of years ago I would have said it didnt exist as I was getting on with my job and trying my best. I have dealt with a number of fatalities in my time and thought it was part of the job (Which it was). No help, no support, which I never asked for. In 2001 whilst at BATUS I helped investigate a particulary gruesome exercise fatality involving an NCO blown to bits in an accident. Time has taken its toll and things got very bad until I collapsed and was admitted to the Mental Health Unit in Wegburg, Germany, diagnosed sufferring moderate - severe PTSD. Following an awful stay there I was moved to a Priory Clinic in UK and since then onto my NOK address. In Oct 2004 a medical board sat which following reccomandations from Psych help reccomended my discharge. Since July 2004 I have been one of those "Annoying" "Sick at home" cases talked about on this forum before. I now have to come to terms with what is happening and try to get on with my life. I am fortunate that until May 2005 when I am discharged I have a good Psych that looks after me and points me on the straight and narrow. After that who knows?
I have been unfortunate enough to have attented and help deal with a number of suicides in my time, something which i always thought "******* selfish bastards/Bitches". I attempted it last year after a feeling that there was no way forward. I now feel very very ashamed about this.
I am also lucky in that the support I am getting from the army and my capbadge is good as far as now.
CP, I dont know what capbadge you are and personnaly dont care. I dont know what you have dealt with in your army life (or before). All I will say is that sometimes things come back to you when you least expect it.

FM
 
#19
Thanks for an interesting and powerful post, FM. It is good to hear that you are making progress.

Whilst I agree that CP's post was insensitive and unusually out of character, it does at least serve to demonstrate that PTSD is still not well understood throughout the Armed Forces - and it should be. There but for the grace of God etc....

Incidentally, the SAH thread referred to those who feign depressive illness or manipulate NHS GPs to get time off work, draining resources from those who need them, rather than those who are genuinely ill.
 
#20
PTSD, the question for me is what form does it take, don't worry I am not looking for an ailament to go the Doc with, can't stand the bugger. No, I am just wondering how many people have it and don't realise it and wander through life, blundering from one incident through to another. How can it be differentated from other mental illinesses, I have been through a lot myself and sometimes wonder how I have survived and moved on. I have on another thread put this survival down to my army training, but could it be that it was the army that got me into the crisis in the first place? Today I am well but there was a time that the thought of suicide ruled my life, to be honest for no apparent reason.

Have I said tooooooo much?
 

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