I'm not going to suggest that I survived without picking up some issues, but I handle them. Money from the government won't change a damned thing and I'm not taking any "happy pills."
A friend's father served in the Pacific during WWII. He was a flamethrower. He couldn't close his eyes to sleep without hearing the Japs screaming in agony while burning alive due to his flamethrower. Who the Hell am I to complain that I'm not a Happy, Shiny People type?
My shoulders and knees are shot due to my service. Sleep comes hard and I can't even throw a tennis ball without feeling the pain. A friend's father lost his arm in Vietnam. Who the Hell am I to whine, and a disability check won't change a damned thing.
I hear people at work talking about how they are working the system to get 100% disability from the military while being more physically fit than I am. All I can do is shake my head.
Its a touchy topic. I have a niece that says she was raped, while int he Navy. 80% PTSD. Problem is, no one ever was UCMjd or investigated. I knew the CMC aboard that ship. No one. But, the VA doesnt know that. Right?
Also, I had some shit happen to me while onboard a Submarine off of country X.. One of my guys killed himself 4 days after pulling into home port. Yes, it was scarry, but most of us processed things differently. Its not like we were thinking what happened to WW2 submarines..
So, no PTSD for me, I just have no nightmares of it..
My Dad has it from Vietnam, or whatever they called it then. But, his is documented as to where they were and what happened to him.
If you were a little unbalanced before, you are more likely to develop PTSD, and it will be more severe.
I have had several professionals tell me this.
But, of course, political correctness forbids this being mentioned publicly.
My Mom has one, CPAP machine, and she loves it... She used to be tired all the time.. Lots of coffee.. Now, at 80, she just went on a trip to Yellowstone, Custers 1st grave, Mount Rushmore etc etc.
My wife thinks she has PTSD because of being raised by a crazy and alohol infused Mama and step Daddy. She acts pretty funny sometimes...so I dont doubt she prob has it.
I got the diagnosis but I don't receive a check. Just wanted to know where these things were coming from. I found out that sharing on this site and others with similar experiences was a great benefit. I bottled too much up and didn't process it correctly at all. Maybe if folks are still troubled they can let the demons loose in the bunker somewhere. I know it seems like PTSD is a popular thing for everyone to have. Who am I to judge, I just have my doubts about a great many of them. Gaming the system.