Over the past few weeks there have been many broadcasts referring to the amount of military staff that are and will be coming home from Afghanistan. I have heard that many are coming home with different levels of PTSD.
The symptoms can come in many different shapes and sizes because each individual is unique and so there cannot be ONE treatment for those suffering with this condition.
From my experience of working with Ex Military, one of the most traumatic symptom is the vivid flashbacks experienced at the most unexpected times. One of my clients was in a fast food outlet with his family when he experienced an incident which left him under the table, unable to move and being stared at by all the other patrons. He and his family were asked to leave because of his unpredictable behaviour and his shouting. These incidents had temporarily stopped him from driving because on one occasion he had swerved off the road into a tree, and he was fearful of this happening in an area containing pedestrians. He had a milder incident on a bus, so then felt he was a total risk to society and gave up using any form of public transport.
On top of that is the personality change, something you feel you can do nothing about. My clients reported to me, they could see the look in their loved ones faces as they tried to understand and be patient while hoping that this person would change back into the person they knew and loved.
I think the thing that drew my attention to the seriousness of this situation was working with my son who voluntarily left the RAF after 5 years and saw no direct battle, for which I will be forever thankful, but suffered severe depression for 4 months. Because we were living in the same house I could see the different stages he went through and could work with him immediately, and all of this was because he came from an environment where he had to make no decisions and was told everything, back to a life where he was responsible for himself. In those 4 months I often wondered what it would be like if he had seen action. I now know that he (we) had it easy!
The Falkland’s veteran I heard on Radio 2 said that he had managed to hold it together until revisiting the beach where he stood as he watched his ship being blown up. When he returned to the UK he sought and received help through the NHS for 22 months. As he didn’t seem to make the progress he needed he found an NLP practitioner and after 3 sessions (in his words) ‘I was sorted’.
The clients who came to me with PTSD worked with me for different lengths of time, the longest being 13 months and the shortest was 5 months. They are all now in full time employment and are still with their families and am told they are leading normal lives.
Take a few minutes to really think what your life would be like if these things were happening to you as well as being unable to sleep because you were afraid of where your mind would take you and knowing you would wake up screaming and sweating on a daily basis. So please, if you know or hear of someone who is suffering with PTSD, please suggest they track down an NLP & EFT practitioner who has the skills to work with their condition. It could really make a difference for them.
Best wishes, Barbara.