Wayne Kleinschmidt, VSO, of Trenton

| January 6, 2013
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We take a break from our format this week with a discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Wayne Kleinschmidt is the Veterans Service Officer for the Trenton area and has great information on how a veteran can first, identify PTSD, and secondly, receive assistance.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Kleinschmidt:

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Information provided by Kleinschmidt

There’s a common misunderstanding by those who have not experienced a traumatic event in their lives. The biggest of which is the belief that people with PTSD are crazy, or unstable. This is not true!

1) The combat Veterans of every war that has ever happened have some sort of PTSD.

2) Victims of physical violence often suffer from PTSD.

3) law enforcement officers who have been injured in the line of duty can have PTSD.

4) Emergency crew members can suffer from PTSD.

In short anyone can have PTSD.

“What is PTSD?

You feel on edge, hyper vigilance. Nightmares keep coming back. Sudden noises make you jump. You’re staying at home more and more.

If you have experienced severe trauma or a life-threatening event, you may develop symptoms of post traumatic stress, commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, shell shock, or combat stress. Maybe you felt like your life or the lives of others were in danger, or that you had no control over what was happening. You may have witnessed people being injured or dying, or you may have been physically harmed yourself.

Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include recurring memories or nightmares of the event(s), sleeplessness, loss of interest, or feeling numb, anger, and irritability, but there are many ways PTSD can impact your everyday life.

Sometimes these symptoms don’t surface for months or years after the event or returning from deployment. They may also come and go. If these problems won’t go away or are getting worse—or you feel like they are disrupting your daily life—you may have PTSD.

Some factors can increase the likelihood of a traumatic event leading to PTSD, such as:

The intensity of the trauma Being hurt or losing a loved one Being physically close to the traumatic event Feeling you were not in control Having a lack of support after the event”

Veterans can get free, confidential help from the Vet Center in Trenton at the VFW Post the first Friday of every month from 10:30 to 14:00, unless otherwise scheduled.  For more information call the Vet Center at (816) 561-3992 or (816) 753-1866.

The VA also offers free counseling for Veterans at the any VA hospital in the USA.

For more information call Kleinschmidt at (660) 359-2078 M – F 08:00 – 17:00.

Category: Voices of Veterans