Whatever you may have heard about PTSD, your past does not have to haunt your future.
Believe that you can get better, because people with post traumatic stress are:
- Not weak – your brain became hard wired for danger by what happened.
- Not violent or crazy – being constantly alert for danger starts to wear you down.
- Not untreatable – haunting memories of traumatic events can be reduced in intensity.
- Not taking funding away from others – you were injured while serving our country and are entitled to benefits.
- Not lying or faking it for benefits – PTSD patterns are easily identified by family and friends.
You feel changed by the war – more serious, probably sadder. Your family and friends know you aren’t the same as you once were.
If you want to talk things over with someone who gets what is going on, call the Vet Center or the Veteran Crisis Line. Learn about them on their YouTube channel links below. Both are available right now. 24/7.
Talk with another veteran: The Vet Center
Don’t become a statistic: National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Dr. Pamela Hall is a Forensic and Clinical psychologist and a Subject-matter Expert in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Pam has worked in private practice, VA hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care facilities. In the greater Los Angeles area, she has provided direct psychotherapeutic treatment, supervised mental health providers, evaluated workers for fitness for duty and safety, conducted workplace seminars, and managed a batterer’s intervention program. Dr. Pam has been a contract examiner in psychology for Veteran’s Administration benefits with QTC Management since 2008. She has been a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California since 2014.
For more information about Pamela J. Hall, Ph.D., please see https://laforensicpsychologist.com/