The Invisible Casualties of War

Date Posted: 11/1/2011

Post Traumatic Stress is affecting our nation in pandemic proportions. The PTSD Foundation of America holds three key objectives to combat Post Traumatic Stress:

 

  • Bring healing to our military community (Active duty, Reserves and National Guard, veterans, and their families) through pastoral counseling, and peer mentoring, both on an individual basis, and in group settings.
  • Raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community through public events, media outlets, social media, service organizations, and churches.
  • Networking government agencies, service organizations, churches and private sector businesses into a united “Corps of Compassion”, to bring their combined resources together to meet the needs of the military community on a personal and individual/family level.

 

Does This Sound Like You or Someone You Know?

 

I feel like the horrific event is happening all over again.

I have nightmares and flashbacks of the event.

I stay away from crowded places that remind me of the event.

I jump and feel very anxious when something happens without warning.

I have a hard time trusting or feeling close to other people.

I get mad very easily.

I feel guilty because others have died and I lived.

I have trouble sleeping, and my muscles are tense.

 

There are many characteristics that may be signs of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). If you recognize some or all of these symptoms; you may want to seek help. You are NOT alone!

 

Memorial Drive UMC will begin hosting groups starting November 2 at 7 p.m. in, The Gate in The Connection Center. Memorial Drive UMC is located at 13194 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079. For more information, contact Sheri Kelley at 713-468-8356, ext. 119.