PTSD Symptoms in Veterans – Avoidance and Emotional Numbing

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PTSD and Emotional Numbness

PTSD and Emotional Numbness

Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may try to avoid people or situations that can trigger memories of the traumatic event. For example, a PTSD sufferer whose military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb may try to avoid riding in a civilian friend’s Humvee.

To avoid talking or even thinking about a combat experience, veterans may avoid old Army buddies or other military personnel who served in their unit. Emotional numbing isn’t the answer, however, and it’s often related to memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and a feeling of hopelessness.

As many military PTSD sufferers can attest, emotional numbing may also mean difficulty maintaining close relationships with parents, children, and husbands or wives.

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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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