A version of this article was originally published in the Spring 2018 edition of “U” Magazine by US Family Health Plan member organization, Brighton Marine Health Center.
Service members who have experienced combat often have reactions such as irritability, sleeplessness, nightmares, jumpiness and flashbacks to combat events. They may feel depressed and lonely, even when they’re with friends and family. For many, these signs of stress go away after a few months. For others, the problems remain or get worse with time. These veterans may find that their health and their relationships with family and friends deteriorate. They may resort to misusing alcohol or drugs in an effort to feel better. They may have post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as “PTSD.”