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Portraits of three Veterans - two men, one woman

Three of the brave Veterans who share their stories on AboutFace.

PTSD: Candid Talk from Veterans Who Have Been There

Learn about PTSD from Veterans who tell how they deal with it. They talk here about how getting PTSD treatment turned their lives around: AboutFace.

How I knew I had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

These brave men and women can tell you firsthand how they knew they had PTSD. It may be because family told them they needed help, or for Kevin it was not being able to go to Walmart. The Veterans address these symptoms:

  • Re-living the event (also called flashbacks or re-experiencing): Memories of trauma can come back at any time. You may have nightmares or feel like you are going through the experience all over again.
  • Avoidance: You try to stay away from things that remind you of the event…including discussing it with a counselor, friends or family.
  • Feeling numb: You find it hard to express your feelings, and you may not be interested in spending time with family and friends.
  • Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal): You may be constantly on guard, startle or get angry all of a sudden.

Find out how treatment turned their lives around.

Learn about PTSD from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.

Men, women, young, not-so-young, Iraq, Vietnam, many career fields, many locations.

These Veterans know that by going public, they can help other Veterans and their families who may be reluctant to seek treatment. In very direct language, they will tell you:

  • Why I didn’t ask for help right away
  • When I knew I needed help
  • What treatment was like for me
  • How treatment helps me
  • My advice to you

Help spread the word. Share AboutFace.

PTSD is not the only issue

Want to hear from Veterans about issues other than PTSD? Visit Make the Connection to find more shared experiences and support for Veterans.

VA provides numerous ways for Veterans to get the help they may need to keep mentally healthy. The best place to start looking is the VA Mental Health web page or for PTSD specifically, the National Center for PTSD web site.

At VA Mental Health, you will find information about dealing with:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Substance Abuse

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About Posted by Susan Bainbridge

At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer. In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials. Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat. Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republicanand The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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