Can Support Staff Get PTSD?
First of all…
I want to apologize for my recent absence on the blog. My husband and I recently added the final addition to our family, a fat and healthy little boy. Although he was born perfectly healthy, I had several complications towards the end of my pregnancy and after the delivery that has kept me from doing… pretty much anything. I am thankful to report that I am now back “normal” and I am looking forward to posting more in the near future!
The definition of PTSD is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world. No where in the definition does it say that you have to be involved in active combat. No where in the definition does it say military at all. It’s important to know, I mean really know, that PTSD has no face. You can’t look at me and see PTSD just like you can’t look at a Marine missing both legs and make an assumption about his or her mental status. Hell, one of the most well adjusted people I’ve ever come in contact with was missing half his leg, his entire right arm and is spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A few months after meeting him I met a civilian mechanic that, through his work, was sent to Iraq and after months of seeing blown apart vehicles full of blood and body parts developed PTSD. No two people experience the same event in the same way. What fucks up one person for life is just a moment of reflection for another.
PTSD can come from any traumatic event and can happen… or not happen… to anyone. Just because you didn’t see direct combat doesn’t mean your PTSD is a lesser diagnosis.