Panic Attacks, PTSD and the Fourth

by on July 10, 2013

Even several days after the Fourth of July has ended, a number of people continue to enjoy and make use of explosive fireworks and noise-makers.

While these items can seem fun and harmless to most people, they can be a major cause of stress for the men and women who have served in the military.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which causes people to experience changes in mood and anxiety level. People who have lived through a highly upsetting event are at risk for developing PTSD. This means that soldiers are especially vulnerable to the effects of the disorder.

PTSD causes people to relive some of their most horrible memories. This can continue for years and lead to nightmares and night terrors.

Nervousness and irritability may occur in some people who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This makes them feel “on edge” constantly, as if they were still in the dangerous situation which led to the PTSD. Panic attacks can also be a problem for people who have PTSD.

Fireworks and noise-makers cause people with PTSD to feel startled and tense. This is why the Fourth of July is such a stressful day for veterans, and the days before and after the holiday can also lead to distress.

If you would like to read more about how the Fourth of July can affect veterans and other people who have PTSD, you can read an article on the topic by following the link below.

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