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Help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Veterans’ Disability representative in Broward County

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is seen in many South Florida veterans who have returned home from war. Understanding PTSD and knowing there is help available are the first steps to reclaiming your life. Talk to a veterans’ disability representative in Broward County who can help you explore the resources you need to start you on your road to recovery. 

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

A traumatic event, like war or combat, may cause stress reactions that continue to affect your behavior and emotions long after the event. Veterans may experience anger, irritability, fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, guilt, and shame related to their time spent at war. Now that it is over, these feelings may persist or be directed at others. 

Unhealthy behaviors may surface as a way of dealing with these stress reactions. They may be evident in the veteran’s lack of self-care, such as neglecting health issues, driving aggressively, excessively using alcohol or drugs, and avoiding situations or people. 

Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 

The toughest part for veterans is that PTSD may change the way they live their lives, and it usually is for the worse. Many vets feel disabled by the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which may be exhibited in the following ways: 

  • feeling numb to life – difficulty expressing emotions or feelings;
  • feeling hyper aroused – body feels on edge, as if waiting for something to happen;
  • reliving the trauma – flashbacks and nightmares occur regularly; and
  • avoidance of people, places and thoughts – you become isolated or limited in the way you live. 

Help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Help is available for veterans through the Veterans Administration. VA medical centers should have PTSD specialists who can help by referring you to some of the nearly 200 specialized programs geared toward assisting those suffering from PTSD. Services range from mental health assessments and medicine therapy, to one-on-one psychotherapy sessions, to family and group therapy.  

As a South Florida veteran, you deserve the peace of mind to live your life successfully. Talk to a veterans’ disability representative in Broward County. Disability Help Group have been helping veterans get back on their feet by advocating for the medical care and financial support to which they are entitled. Let us help you. Give us a call at 1-(800)-800-3332 today.