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  •  Oh, Vetwife - You hit a nail squarely on the head! (5+ / 0-)
    I would venture to say 90 percent of America has it.
    It is my humble opinion that PTS(D) is something we all experience at certain times in our lives, to some degree.

    The consequences vary depending upon the nature and severity of the trauma, and how, when and if we have support to recognize and deal with it.

    If not severe, some may "just get over it" (or at least think they do).

    For others, depending on circumstances, PTS(D) symptoms may linger. Sometimes, forever.

    And complicating factors can affect the experience --- for example, a large number of folks wounded in combat are struggling with effects of both PTS(D) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the symptoms commonly overlap.

    I can vouch for the latter, from personal experience.

    (Though not from combat.)

    Each of us is a product of all that we experience.

    •  Add to your list the emotional/psychological (5+ / 0-)

      "fragility" of the person going in to the traumatic event, the opposite of which is the new buzzword "resiliency."

      “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by DaNang65 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:40:32 PM PST

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