Rob, who didn’t want his last name used because, in his words, “it’s a hard enough getting a date,” takes care of his uncle during the week. “I’ve got my dog, and that’s kind of like my relationship basically. I can’t stand a lot of people around me, because there I was, able to carry a gun and get people the heck out of my way,” said Rob.
He’ll always have that unconditional love for me,” he explained. He was discharged during his second tour in 2006 after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, but these days it’s the post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly refered to as PTSD, that has the greater impact. “I was always having nightmares at night, and certain things trigger it: just, loud noises, or, I don’t like people behind me a lot of the time, or stuff like that. But Rob views those residual effects as natural, and Dr. She works with veterans with PTSD at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
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Although this condition has likely existed since human beings have endured trauma, PTSD has only been recognized as a formal diagnosis since 1980.
However, it was called by different names as early as the American Civil War, when combat veterans were referred to as suffering from "soldier's heart." In World War I, symptoms that were generally consistent with this syndrome were referred to in the military as "combat fatigue." Soldiers who developed such symptoms in World War II were said to be suffering from "gross stress reaction," and many troops in Vietnam who had symptoms of what is now called PTSD were assessed as having "post-Vietnam syndrome." PTSD has also been called "battle fatigue" and "shell shock."Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) usually results from prolonged exposure to a traumatic event or series thereof and is characterized by long-lasting problems with many aspects of emotional and social functioning.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional illness that that is classified as an anxiety disorder and usually develops as a result of a terribly frightening, life-threatening, or otherwise highly unsafe experience.
PTSD sufferers re-experience the traumatic event or events in some way, tend to avoid places, people, or other things that remind them of the event (avoidance), and are exquisitely sensitive to normal life experiences (hyperarousal).
Smith began his hike at Fort Pickens in Pensacola, Fla., bound to San Diego and his southwestern point.