What is PTSI?

Post Traumatic Stress Injury

What is PTSI?

PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury)

You may be used to hearing the abbreviation PTSD: the (D) standing for ‘disorder’. A dictionary definition of ‘disorder’ is: ‘a derangement or abnormality of mental state’.

We believe PTSI should be recognised as an injury and not a ‘disorder’

It is common for us to confuse the concepts ‘disorder’, ‘disorderly’ and ‘being out of order’, or to consider that in some way a ‘disorder’ is the fault or weakness of the person suffering from a malady. In the mental health arena, of course, such stigmatizing assumptions are unfounded and deeply unhelpful. With a physical problem or wound, there are the tell-tale outward signs of a plaster, bandage, walking frame or other obvious indicator that the person has a physical injury. With a stress or mind trauma damage there is typically no obvious outward indication that the person inside is injured.

Because the experience of traumatic external events, interpreted by the physical brain, has affected the individual in un-resourceful ways, Save Our Soldier believe that in proper and correct recognition of what has happened to traumatise the brain function of an individual, through one or all of their five senses, PTSI needs to be recognised as an a injury and not a ‘disorder’.

A sufferer could display an array of trauma symptoms

The effects of trauma can occur to anyone, indeed they do to many competent, healthy, strong, people. No one can completely protect themselves from traumatic experiences and they can affect people in different ways. People who react to traumas are genuinely experiencing symptoms and problems that are connected with them having been exposed in some way to a traumatic situation, or multiples thereof. Experiencing symptoms after a traumatic event is not a sign of personal weakness. It would be fair to say that most normally functioning people would develop PTSI if they were consistently exposed to the horrors of war..

When the symptoms of trauma are better understood the sufferer and those closest can be less afraid of what is happening to them and can be in a stronger position to manage and relieve those symptoms. Some typical war trauma or PTSI Symptoms experienced by many thousands of combatants are distressing recollections, flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of anxiety or being fearful, difficulty with sleep, irritability, hyper-vigilance, hyper-arousal, being overly aggressive, panic attacks and depression.

All of the above may vary over time and different degrees of symptoms can be experienced.

Those who are closest to the veteran or combatant know that they appear different in some way from before. It is essential to encourage sufferers to seek help; if not with us, to get help somewhere before these symptoms escalate.