PTSD Doesn’t Just Happen to Combat Veterans?

Growing up I never knew much about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It was not a prominent thing from where I grew up in rural America.

All that I knew about it was an uncle that suffered from it. He was in Vietnam. I remember spending the night and he was having a night-terror/flashback and I remember it vaguely. I was very young. That was the only thing about PTSD I knew until I was a grown adult.

I was a military wife for nearly 10 years. PTSD was very prominent there. So many coming back from the war changed and you could see it. It was a staple of life. It still is and something that most people will deal with their entire lives.

My Diagnosis

Imagine my surprise when I sat in my therapist appointment after going for several weeks when she informed me, that I have PTSD. Among other things, but this made me raise my eyebrow. I had not wanted to go to therapy, but after suffering from some severe depression for several months, I knew I needed to do something.

She said based off traumatic things in my childhood and even well into my adult life, my symptoms line up. I was skeptical, to say the least, and so I dove into research. It is what I do when I don’t understand something or I want to understand it better. I was not the only one who assumed it was for those who had gone to war.

Though I experienced flashbacks, hyperarousal, anxiety, depression, avoidance, and nightmares. It was all there. Why did I not see this before? The only thing I could come up with was that I assumed it was just for military, police officers, and firefighters. I legit assumed they were the ones who suffered from it and not normal civilians like myself.

I think this causes many people to go without getting diagnosed. They just don’t believe they could be as bad off as those who serve in a war. Which is exactly what I thought. Trauma is trauma no matter what kind.

Take Your Mental Health Seriously

Rape, car accidents, abuse verbally and physically are also causes. The abuse verbally and physically over an extended period actually has its own classification of Complex PTSD. It is basically a complete re-wiring of your brain. You live in constant fear, this is psychological warfare technically speaking.

The thing to remember is that PTSD is not just for combat veterans and if you struggle with your mental health, you should be seen by a therapist. Take the time to find out what is wrong. Mental health is very important.

I know the idea of going to a therapist is scary, I struggled with that decision for years. Was not until I could barely get out of bed and take care of my kids that I did it. I did it for them, but then I did it for me. I hope you all that struggle with mental health issues get the help you need to live your happiest most fulfilled life.



Proud mother to two daughters. She also is the proud mother of 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a chinchilla. She spends her time with her family and when she has some downtime, she is usually playing video games or taking on a home improvement project.

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31 Responses

  1. ptsd is definitely serious. i’ve known a number of people who have suffered from it and it’s hard. always take your mental health seriously.

  2. Avatar Konstantina says:

    I am really sorry to hear that. I was surprised when I first heard it too. My best friends mum has ptsd since her first labor (it was a literal horror story).

  3. More people need to read this! One of my friends suffers from PTSD from her time in the Peace Corps. Def a thing more people nee to be aware of

  4. Avatar kumamonjeng says:

    Mental health is as important as our physical health. Both should be taken care of seriously.

  5. Avatar Tina says:

    I too suffer from PTSD and it’s not from being in the military, even though I was. A life of trauma will do that. It’s nice to know there are other women going through the same things. I can’t imagine this was easy for you to write, just want to thank you for doing so and raising awareness.!
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  6. I had no idea about this Post Traumatic Stress Disorder! Thanks for sharing your experience and the tips, quite helpful for the ones who are going through this severe depression phase!
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  7. Avatar Bindu Thomas says:

    It’s heartening to see the awareness around mental health, though there’s a long way to go. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

  8. Avatar Mavs Escala says:

    This needs to be heard and shared. We should take care of our mental health. It is important!

  9. Avatar Owen G. says:

    I’m also not aware that even civilians could with PTSD.. Thanks for sharing this great content.. Some people might not know they already have it and that they need a psychological help.

  10. Avatar Kalyan Panja says:

    Indeed getting out of PTSD is the greatest virtue for a happy and contented life but our modern day pulls and pressures are surely taking a toll and we are resorting to more quick fixes.
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  11. <3 <3 <3 Love your raw honesty, here.
    And it's true. I've dealt with PTSD of varying levels from traumatic experiences. What is often overlooked is complex PTSD – when "low-intensity" trauma (emotional abuse, bullying, etc.) goes on for an extended period of time and leads you to change your thinking and view of the world. People don't realize that those things can actually lead to the same responses as PTSD – flashbacks, generalizing, anxiety, etc.

  12. Avatar Razena says:

    I can only imagine what you have been through but am happy that you sought help and that your therapist was able to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. I pray that you will have a complete recovery and live a happy and fulfilled life with your family.

  13. I think there are a lot of people who don’t realise it doesn’t just happen to veterans – and as you say, leads to many not getting diagnosed. It is so important to seek treatment if you are feeling that way/

  14. Avatar Joanna says:

    Unfortunately many of us suffer from PTSD because of things that happen during our childhood. But not many are correctly diagnosed or even have the courage to seek for help when something is not right.

  15. Avatar Bree says:

    I have seen a therapist before and it was the best decision I ever made. Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂

  16. Avatar brie says:

    I am always saying this. PTSD comes from any form of trauma someone might have experienced. Very well said.

  17. Avatar Dhemz says:

    wow, so sorry to hear about what you’ve been through. Glad to know you seek help. Thanks for sharing your story.

  18. Avatar Lydia Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience and it’s true we must take our mental health serious. Am happy you are out of that phase.

  19. Avatar Geraline Batarra says:

    That was such a surprising fact. Maybe anyone that has a traumatic experience even not the war like experience can have it. For example, seeing someone die of sickness.

  20. Avatar Alexandra Cook says:

    I truly hope that someday people realize that mental illness is not a weakness or a joke. It is a daily struggle for those that battle it. Having a post like this and a day to recognize mental illness is a great way to spread the understanding.

  21. Avatar Mudpie Fridays says:

    There are so many different forms of mental illness. One day we will live in a society where help is readily available to all that need it.

  22. Avatar B says:

    This is so important! Many people, including my significant other can suffer from PTSD, including from childhood. So sorry to hear about your struggle.

  23. Avatar Mika says:

    This was such a powerful post, thanks for sharing. And I strongly agree with you on taking your mental health seriously. I am so happy you found the help that you needed. Stay strong x

  24. Avatar Preet says:

    Mental health is such an important issue. More people need to be educated on the topic.

  25. Avatar Erika Tiara says:

    With the PTSD that you’ve faced, it is such a releaf to know that you managed to get over it little by little, and the most amazing thing is that you always put your childrens first.

  26. I know people can get PTSD for a series of reasons in life. And you really need to find ways to seek assistance if you are struggling through it. IT’s such a difficult thing to experience and you need help when you are suffering through it. Don’t suffer alone.
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  27. Avatar Karin says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I really don’t know how it feels like but in time that you need someone you can talk too, there were a lot of people around you.

  28. Avatar Amy says:

    Thank you for writing about an issue as important as mental health. We all need to work to break the stigma!!

  29. I totally can relate to this post. I suffered PTSD because of all the stuff our military family went thru. It is so real and I am so glad more people are talking and speaking up for mental health!

  30. Avatar Marysa says:

    It does make sense that traumatic experiences can be the cause of other issues throughout your life. I really do believe that even childhood events continue to effect us as adults.

  31. Avatar Agnes Vazhure says:

    Omg! sorry to hear about what you have going through. Hope you get well very soon.

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