Dispelling the myths of PTSD – and how to get help

Post-traumatic stress disorder has been commonly associated with direct exposure to military combat, but in reality, traumas that lead to PTSD can take many forms.

Outside of direct or remote combat situations — such as the trauma associated with operating a drone — service members may experience many other traumas that extend well beyond contact with bomb blasts and firefights. These situations can include knowing or seeing someone seriously injured or killed, handling human remains, or sending subordinates into line of fire.

Even the daily work of casualty notification officers, those who inform military families that their loved one has been killed, can be traumatizing.

In fact, trauma might be more common than you think.

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