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PTSD is developed at a higher propensity in people who don’t have a support structure (i.e., people newly released from the military). They isolate themselves and shut off the outside world and stew in their rage until something happens. For me, it was the birth of my daughter; I knew I had to come to terms with the anxiety and irritability I experienced in many situations if I was going to be a fully functioning dad (something I never had, which is surely part of the reason why I developed PTSD). I found a psychologist who was willing to work with me on the cheap, and I feel like I have resolved many of the symptoms I was experiencing. Unfortunately, a lot of people go into the military because they have dysfunctional families or a virtually nonexistent support structure. In that kind of environment, they have brothers they can share experiences with and talk to about things. Without a doubt, some kind of exit screening for PTSD would help decrease the number and severity of PTSD issues.

A Reader, via ocweekly.com

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