I was in the army for many years, and I never would have expected to come out of it with PTSD. It has been a difficult journey—one full of ups and downs. I struggle everyday to manage this disorder and find ways to cope.
Many people don’t understand what it’s like living with PTSD, but I can tell you that it is very real. People with PTSD often experience nightmares, flashbacks, anxieties or depression. There are days that seem to be more difficult than others, when all of these symptoms intensify; yet I have found that talking things through helps me tremendously.
I was lucky in finding supportive friends and family who listened without judgment as I discussed my issues—it made all the difference in my recovery and mental health stability. Seeking help from therapisits has also been essential to helping me learn how to manage my condition; especially since they are experts at providing strategies on how to cope with trauma effectively over time.
The past few years haven’t been easy but I am grateful for the progress I have made—both mentally and emotionally, thanks to the experiences that have taught me so much about myself and given me strength alongside the continued support of those around me.