The first way is called mobilization, which is where the body’s fight-or-flight instinct kicks in. One’s heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, and muscles tighten, increasing strength and reaction speed. Once the danger has passed, the body calms down and returns to its normal balance.
The second way the body may react is called immobilization which is when the body is unable to move on from an event or time period due to the amount it taxed the body. Although the danger may have passed, the body becomes “stuck” and is unable to return to its normal state.This is called PTSD.Symptoms of PTSD may take months, even years, to surface after war.
Once they do surface, however, most of the time they take over one’s life and disrupt daily life function. Common symptoms of PTSD include recurring nightmares or intrusive memories of the traumatic event, insomnia, loss of interest, negative changes in thoughts and mood, and being on guard all the time (“PTSD,” 2017). Recurrent memories from battle can cause veterans to have extreme emotional or physical reactions such as “panic attacks, uncontrollable shaking, and heart palpitations,” (Smith, Robinson & Segal, 2017).
These nightmares can feel very real and cause veterans to feel as though the events are happening all over again. Veterans may feel like they are alone and that no one else would understand what he or she experienced during war and may begin to keep to themselves. They may separate themselves from family members and friends while suffering from PTSD and show some symptoms of depression. After hearing gunshots a lot during warfare and constantly being afraid of being attacked at any given moment, it is very likely for a veteran to be jumpy and on edge. After returning from warfare, veterans may suffer from PTSD symptoms well after battle and feel alone and confused. The public should be well-educated on what many of our soldiers suffer from so we can help them more appropriately and help them adjust back into society.After being under constant bombardment, various noises or places or things could trigger a veterans PTSD.
PTSD can often take over a person’s life and they may feel as though they will never be the same person they were before war. Experiences in the war-zone tax soldiers and morale in shocking ways. Soldiers fought for our safety and freedom so it is our duty to guarantee that veterans suffering from PTSD receive the right help to help them adjust back into society.