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Experiencing a traumatic event, whether on or off the battlefield, can sometimes lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is often associated with combat, but it can also be the result of traumatic incidents like mass shootings, car accidents, sexual assaults or natural disasters.

Though everyone experiences PTSD differently, common symptoms can include trouble sleeping, flashbacks and irritability. Treatment is available, and a health care provider can help you manage your symptoms. Getting help will keep you mission ready, set you up for career success and ensure you are there for those who need you most. Use the following resource to learn more about PTSD and related concerns.

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Strategies for Coping with Flashbacks

Flashbacks happen when you feel like you are reliving a traumatic experience or memory. They can occur day or night, and can occur recently or even years after the event. You may remember the entire event or only details such as sounds and smells. Flashbacks can occur in veterans who have experienced a traumatic event. While not always, flashbacks are often a symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Treatment Options for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological health concern that can happen after any traumatic event on or off the battlefield. Common reactions include trouble sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, feelings of isolation, self-blame, irritability, avoiding reminders of a traumatic event and others. Fortunately, if you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD, there are many effective treatment options. It is important to talk to a health care provider as soon as possible. This is especially true if any of your symptoms last more than a month or affect your daily life.

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Reaching Out Made Me Stronger Brochure – Retired Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes

After experiencing a combat-related traumatic event, know that help and resources are available. Display this mini poster of retired Army Maj. Jeremy Haynes to spread the message that reaching out is a sign of strength and remind others that they don’t have to go it alone.

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Not Feeling Like Yourself Poster

Display this poster to spread the message that reaching out is a sign of strength. Encourage service members and veterans to talk to a health care provider if they notice any of these signs in themselves.

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