The nightmare of PTSD…without treatment…and in denial…

by | Dec 3, 2013

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Warriors find relief from practice of TM…  click to see video clip… Quote from this website…

Over half a million U.S. troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Yet less than 20% will receive adequate care due to lack of effective treatments, fear of stigma or insufficient government resources. Half of those with PTSD won’t receive any care at all.

Left untreated, PTSD cripples functioning and places veterans at great risk for violent and self-destructive behavior, including:

  • Alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Severe depression, anxiety or emotional numbness
  • Family and employment problems
  • Suicide—today, more than 6,500 vets die by suicide every year

I hate being an alarmist!  But PTSD is in fact a nightmare!  Those of us who have survived, lived, and coped with PTSD for decades without treatment will all say each day is a big challenge.  I spent many years experimenting with how to not think about the emotional pain…the great escape was plotted and planned each day.  My work day routine was the good news because the focus was positive and constructive for the most part.  Also during the day, my exercise regimen burned off anger and anxiety even more.  After work was the bad news…the emotional pain would creep back in.  Sunday used to be the worst day of the week for me…  I never knew where all this anxious and angry behavior came from until later in life when researching and writing my book.  My journey of healing started at the prime age of 64!  No one should have to wait and torture themselves for so long.  But many survivors are in denial often for a lifetime.

Relief is available right now by taking the first step in discovering alternative treatments like TM, the subject of the reference website and video clip above.  There are other treatments that do not include alcohol or drugs in the mix for that matter.  I am not a mental health professional and encourage survivors to seek advice and direction from your primary care physician as a priority.  My own journey of healing includes being engaged in helping others who suffer from the symptoms of PTSD by publishing my book in 2011, posting on my blog, and participating in awareness forums or just keeping the conversation going…  Surviving and thriving with PTSD is a work in progress since there is no cure.  

It is the passion and discipline of being engaged as a proactive survivor that keeps me grounded.  Keeping the emotional pain of PTSD at a safe distance each and every day is very rewarding and healing…  Family members and loved ones are especially grateful for the peace of mind that comes from the effective treatment of PTSD…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story  

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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