The Orlando VA Medical Center is committed to helping veterans heal from the aftermath of serving in combat or military sexual trauma. Exposure to life-threatening experiences in the military can lead to the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms of PTSD include anxiety and depression that may result in distressing memories and nightmares of war-related events, bouts of intense irritability, anger and anxiety, difficulty sleeping, difficulty with relationships and avoidance of crowds, feelings of being constantly "on guard", inability to feel positive emotions, guilt about surviving the trauma, and feelings of impending harm. In addition, many people with PTSD use excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs to cope with their symptoms.
Evidence Based Psychotherapies such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) are available along with educational groups for Veterans and their families. Some Veterans find it helpful to attend support groups with others who have been through the same thing. These peer-led support groups are also available.
Help is available. Ask your Primary Care provider or Mental Health provider for a referral to the Mental Health Clinic.