Education

At Alpha Bravo Canine we not only want people to know what we do, but we also want them to know the important reasons why!

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD develops in response to experiencing a life threatening event. Even when the person is no longer in danger, he or she may become overwhelmed with anxiety and believe that they are still in the situation. PTSD can occur after a person experiences any kind of trauma. Not everyone who faces a traumatic event develops PTSD, but 7- 8 out of every 100 people do. In veterans this number is even more drastic, rising to 11- 20 per every 100 veterans who served in Operations of Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF). Here are common symptoms to look for in yourself or others you feel may be at risk:

  • Re-experiencing Events
  • This could occur through flashbacks, dreams or thoughts.
  • Avoidance
  • Making active decisions to shy from particularly triggering situations physically and mentally.
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
  • Behavioral differences such as sudden mood swings, feelings of anxiety and insomnia.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries develop after the head faces a sudden impact or collision. After the incident, a person may experience a loss of consciousness lasting anywhere from a moment to a few minutes. The symptoms of PTSD involve both physical and psychological difficulties whereas TBI’s have primarily physical side effects. Some of these include:

  • Difficulty in remembering or concentrating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Blurred vision

In more extreme cases a person may experience:

  • Inability to awake after sleeping
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures  

Reach Out

If you are in need of more information, particularly if you are a frIend or family member of someone with a TBI click here.
If you have a TBI and would like to learn more about the condition click here.
Veterans Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Veterans Foundation Hotline 1-888-777-4443

Sources:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm