PTSD and TBI: Background information when reading Thank You for Your Service

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Thank You for Your Service

by David Finkel

Thank You for Your Service
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2013, 272 pages
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    Sep 2014, 272 pages

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PTSD and TBI

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are being called the "signature injuries" of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. These conditions are closely related, but are, in fact, vastly different.

PTSD is a psychological response to a traumatic event. While most associate the term with military combat, any overwhelming life experience can trigger it, especially if the event feels unpredictable or uncontrollable. It can affect anyone who experiences, witnesses, or cleans up after a catastrophe. Those with PTSD most often see symptoms develop soon after an event, but sometimes it can take weeks, months or years before they occur. People with PTSD find their symptoms do not decrease and may even get worse over time. Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the event, particularly through nightmares or flashbacks; avoiding situations that remind the person of the event; negative changes in beliefs and feelings; and/or feeling keyed up. It may also be accompanied by ...

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