PTSD Facts for Veterans – Hypoarousal vs. Hyperarousal

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Mayo Clinic categorize PTSD symptoms differently, but chronic anxiety and feeling keyed up both can put your mental and physical health at risk.

Symptoms of emotional arousal in former military personnel may include anger or irritability, an overwhelming sense of guilt or shame, and trouble sleeping. PTSD sufferers may also report being easily startled or seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

In addition to visual and auditory hallucinations, PTSD symptoms can include self-destructive or addictive behavior such as drinking too much, taking illegal drugs, and misusing prescription drugs.

If you or a veteran you know may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s important to learn the signs so that you can get the help you need.

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Christopher "Patches" Norton is a Retired 20 year United States Air Force Master Sergeant. Chris also served 5.5 years as the Lead Loadmaster on the Super Guppy Transport at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chris was Disability Retired from NASA in 2012 following an injury on a Super Guppy mission. As a Veteran, Chris turned to the Veterans Administration medical system for assistance and this is where this story really begins. What Chris seen at the Houston, TX VA Hospital left him with an urgent feeling and need to give back. But just as the Bible says, it's better to teach a man to fish than give him one. Chris searched and found the Empower Network and saw how he could bring help to 100's, 1000's and even tens of 1,000's in a powerful way. Although all of us have different challenges, Chris saw believes the Empower Network WILL work for anyone... and CLICKING RIGHT HERE is how it starts!!!

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