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  • Tom was in the War. He saw many terrible things and saw his best friend die. He had to continue and when he was released it was found that he had PTSD. Tom struggled with his mental health and trying to find a way to bounce back.
  • He grew to have anxiety and depression. He avoided situations and had heighten reactions. He lost interest in things he loved before the war. He had trouble sleeping and ended up having nightmares.
  • The people around him started to notice he had trouble showing his feelings and he was very detached. They didnt know how to be by him and comfort him during this time.  They had to realize his body was stuck in a state of alertness and not really aware of the people around him.
  • The family realized that Tom's ptsd was not going to go away and that they were there to help him. They had him meet with a therapist and he learned to deal with his ptsd by making time for quiet, focusing on breathing, made a gratitude journal and exercised and meditated. 
  • Tom's therapist told him that an estimated 70 percent of adults in the US have PTSD and he was not alone. He told him that women are more likely to get ptsd over men and that war veterans commonly get ptsd after coming home from the war and that they are survivors of a traumatic experience.
  • After a few months of therapy Tom is able to work for the better in his life and health. Tom still may experience his ptsd but has ways to cope and handle the situations. Tom is able to communicate his feelings and struggles he feels to his family and friends. 
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