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(Buzzfeed)   Dogs trained to help soldiers with PTSD: "We're training dogs to wake traumatized people from their nightmares. We don't only help people unable to see, but also those who have seen too much", oh man there seems to be a lot of dust in here   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 84
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2014-01-11 07:01:28 PM
Man's best friend FTW.
 
2014-01-11 07:06:45 PM
This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.
 
2014-01-11 07:17:07 PM

fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.


I blame Bo.

abcnews.go.com
 
2014-01-11 07:18:03 PM
Can't do that with a cat
 
2014-01-11 07:21:08 PM

FirstNationalBastard: fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.

I blame Bo.

[abcnews.go.com image 478x269]


Why don't the Obamas have any white dogs?!?
 
2014-01-11 07:22:35 PM

fusillade762: FirstNationalBastard: fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.

I blame Bo.

[abcnews.go.com image 478x269]

Why don't the Obamas have any white dogs?!?


Goddamned socialized milkbones!
 
2014-01-11 07:58:36 PM

quatchi: Man's best friend FTW.


THIS.

Hardy-r-r: Can't do that with a cat



Yes you can, but it has to be their idea.  I had a cat who would wake me from nightmares, and then wouldn't stop purring and neck-nuzzling me until my heart had slowed down.
 
2014-01-11 08:08:30 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: quatchi: Man's best friend FTW.

THIS.

Hardy-r-r: Can't do that with a cat


Yes you can, but it has to be their idea.  I had a cat who would wake me from nightmares, and then wouldn't stop purring and neck-nuzzling me until my heart had slowed down.


These two things.
 
2014-01-11 08:17:21 PM
It looks like the Bush-era service dogs are finally taking effect.

/not that good at trolling
 
2014-01-11 08:30:25 PM
Humans: turning every mild side-effect accidentally discovered in an old tool into an entirely new tool.

Because SCIENCE, motherfarkers.
 
2014-01-11 08:30:26 PM

Hardy-r-r: Can't do that with a cat


A cat that I fostered would attack me if I was having a nightmare and wake me up.

Miss her.
 
2014-01-11 08:31:53 PM
Amazing how a 'lesser' species can help cure us of the damage we do to each other as a species.

War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.  Since he's returned, he's been arrested several times for assault at various bars.  One time, he nearly killed some guy in a parking lot who cracked a wise-ass joke at the wrong time; left the guy with visual impairment in one eye and several internal injuries.

Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.
 
2014-01-11 08:34:06 PM

fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.


I'd rather drink stumpwater than receive help from an Obamadog!

/And I blame the mayor of Fort Lee for not having a better back-up plan for when the bridge was shut down!
 
2014-01-11 08:48:11 PM
I don't know how to type the noise upon seeing that.

It was kind of a 'nhoaw'-ish sound...

Not because I have any connection to soldiers or the ad was particularly good but I understand the notion of 'mans best friend'.
 
2014-01-11 08:55:53 PM
Man it's dusty in here.

/good boy
 
2014-01-11 09:04:57 PM
Hubby and I both have PTSD (though not from military).  I finally got a dog, a little pitt bull we adopted from the animal shelter.  Our whole lives changed for the better.

I have less panic attacks and anxiety issues, and I've seen him smile a lot more.  I've gotten off the medication I used to be on, and have lost weight.  And this dog wasn't even trained.  There's just something about the way she's always excited to see us, non-judgemental, full of love and patience, and goofy as fark, that makes me willing to go through a lot more each day than I was before she entered my life.

Dogs are awesome.  Pitts are awesome.

/Also have 4 cats, and I love them, too.
//Not as helpful for our PTSD, but they are great for other reasons.
 
2014-01-11 09:07:50 PM

contrapunctus: Amazing how a 'lesser' species can help cure us of the damage we do to each other as a species.

War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.  Since he's returned, he's been arrested several times for assault at various bars.  One time, he nearly killed some guy in a parking lot who cracked a wise-ass joke at the wrong time; left the guy with visual impairment in one eye and several internal injuries.

Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.


...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/

(I'm pulling off google search for "Dogs for vets US", but you get the gist)
 
2014-01-11 09:10:36 PM
i275.photobucket.com

I want to make you smile and forget your troubles.
 
2014-01-11 09:14:57 PM
Dogs prolly don't need much training to do this anyway.
 
2014-01-11 09:17:37 PM

vicioushobbit: contrapunctus: Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.

...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/


So much THIS...

contrapunctus, buy your friend a Labrador Retriever puppy, then teach him how to love and care for it. It will pay him back with a lifetime of loyalty and unconditional love. Every day when I go home from work I am buoyed by the greeting I get from my two. P.S. They love to lick your face... :)
 
2014-01-11 09:26:19 PM

Stone Meadow: vicioushobbit: contrapunctus: Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.

...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/

So much THIS...

contrapunctus, buy your friend a Labrador Retriever puppy, then teach him how to love and care for it. It will pay him back with a lifetime of loyalty and unconditional love. Every day when I go home from work I am buoyed by the greeting I get from my two. P.S. They love to lick your face... :)


Personally, I'd recommend not buying him a puppy without asking him, because the last thing we want is for a dog to be abandoned because the owner isn't ready yet.  If you can go with him to an organization, though, or get an organization to help you prep him, this could be a beautiful ending.  He may be intimidated/overwhelmed by the idea of the responsibility, and may react angrily if he can't handle puppy behavior.  The organizations would be able to give best advice.

/agree with SM's intentions and sentiments.
 
2014-01-11 09:28:47 PM
Those damn Obamadogs are taking away jobs from psychologists and stealing profits from pharmaceutical companies!

/And I be they want steak, too!
 
2014-01-11 09:33:57 PM

vicioushobbit: Stone Meadow: vicioushobbit: contrapunctus: Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.

...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/

So much THIS...

contrapunctus, buy your friend a Labrador Retriever puppy, then teach him how to love and care for it. It will pay him back with a lifetime of loyalty and unconditional love. Every day when I go home from work I am buoyed by the greeting I get from my two. P.S. They love to lick your face... :)

Personally, I'd recommend not buying him a puppy without asking him, because the last thing we want is for a dog to be abandoned because the owner isn't ready yet.  If you can go with him to an organization, though, or get an organization to help you prep him, this could be a beautiful ending.  He may be intimidated/overwhelmed by the idea of the responsibility, and may react angrily if he can't handle puppy behavior.  The organizations would be able to give best advice.

/agree with SM's intentions and sentiments.


^^^^^

If for no other reason he'd get to experience animals loving him unconditionally. A dog playing with you is extremely therapeutic. The people at shelters love the animals and want both the people and the animals they care for to be happy, their interest in that alone is going to do in months what a therapist would take years to do.

/Dogs saved the lives of a few fellow students
//Gunsmithing school, lots of injured vets
 
2014-01-11 09:57:22 PM
The cutaway or morphing from the soldier putting his face against the injured soldier to the dog licking the injured soldiers face got me. Humans in shiatty situations. Humans helping each other. Dogs right by our sides for tens of thousands of years. My dog got some chicken tonight.
 
2014-01-11 10:00:18 PM

fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.


This is just a sad example of the pussification of our once-great military under Zero's (p)residency. There wasn't no so-called "PTSD" under Ronald Reagan.
 
2014-01-11 10:01:27 PM

Stone Meadow: vicioushobbit: contrapunctus: Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.

...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/

So much THIS...

contrapunctus, buy your friend a Labrador Retriever puppy, then teach him how to love and care for it. It will pay him back with a lifetime of loyalty and unconditional love. Every day when I go home from work I am buoyed by the greeting I get from my two. P.S. They love to lick your face... :)


Thanks!  Believe me, I would love to, but the reality of my friend's situation is pretty severe.

As of right now, his life consists of living in his parents' house and drinking hard liquor all day, or cruising bars and doing the same thing.  Getting any kind of mental health treatment for him from the VA has been a bureaucratic nightmare.  The longer he entrenches himself in the lifestyle of an alcoholic vet, the harder it's going to be to pull him out of it.  In short, his propensity for violence is so amplified, I don't think he's fit to care for an animal at this time.  He hasn't been able to hold a job longer than 3 weeks since rotating back to civilian life.

On top of the alcohol, he has a virtual pharmacy of painkillers to deal with his own injuries, and Klonopin to manage his anxiety.  Both of which are used way beyond prescribed levels. 

All of us who know him are going to support his recovery in any way we can, but part of me believes that seeing a disfigured headless corpse that was your buddy only 5 minutes ago leaves a bruise on your soul that can never truly go away.

I AM going to suggest the service dog idea to him for the future though.  :)
 
2014-01-11 10:04:44 PM
/Dogs saved the lives of a few fellow students
//Gunsmithing school, lots of injured vets


Just want to extend my thanks to you guys for the work you're doing in helping them re-integrate.

Having a purpose in life is probably the greatest treatment for PTSD sufferers from what I've seen.
 
2014-01-11 10:05:33 PM

contrapunctus: Stone Meadow: vicioushobbit: contrapunctus: Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.

...Does he have a dog yet? Maybe...

http://www.dogsforveterans.org/

http://www.vetdogs.org/

http://pets-for-vets.com/

So much THIS...

contrapunctus, buy your friend a Labrador Retriever puppy, then teach him how to love and care for it. It will pay him back with a lifetime of loyalty and unconditional love. Every day when I go home from work I am buoyed by the greeting I get from my two. P.S. They love to lick your face... :)

Thanks!  Believe me, I would love to, but the reality of my friend's situation is pretty severe.

As of right now, his life consists of living in his parents' house and drinking hard liquor all day, or cruising bars and doing the same thing.  Getting any kind of mental health treatment for him from the VA has been a bureaucratic nightmare.  The longer he entrenches himself in the lifestyle of an alcoholic vet, the harder it's going to be to pull him out of it.  In short, his propensity for violence is so amplified, I don't think he's fit to care for an animal at this time.  He hasn't been able to hold a job longer than 3 weeks since rotating back to civilian life.

On top of the alcohol, he has a virtual pharmacy of painkillers to deal with his own injuries, and Klonopin to manage his anxiety.  Both of which are used way beyond prescribed levels. 

All of us who know him are going to support his recovery in any way we can, but part of me believes that seeing a disfigured headless corpse that was your buddy only 5 minutes ago leaves a bruise on your soul that can never truly go away.

I AM going to suggest the service dog idea to him for the future though.  :)


If GETTING a dog is hard because of his living situation, maybe you and he could go volunteer at the local animal shelter and walk some dogs? It might open a small door. 

Glad you like the idea :)
 
2014-01-11 10:20:34 PM
johnrieber.files.wordpress.com

A boy loves his dog . . .


/2024 isn't THAT far away.
 
2014-01-11 10:38:51 PM

contrapunctus: Amazing how a 'lesser' species can help cure us of the damage we do to each other as a species.

War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.  Since he's returned, he's been arrested several times for assault at various bars.  One time, he nearly killed some guy in a parking lot who cracked a wise-ass joke at the wrong time; left the guy with visual impairment in one eye and several internal injuries.

Basically my friend has been turned from a human being into a rabid animal who can only experience a narrow range of emotions.  His military experience destroyed him as a person.

Anything that helps PTSD treatment along is A-OK in my book.


Christ, that sucks man, I'm sorry for your friend.

That being said, I can totally see how a dog could help with this kind of issue.

quatchi: Man's best friend FTW.

 
2014-01-11 10:39:50 PM

LadyHawke: [cool smilin doggie with ears]

I want to make you smile and forget your troubles.


D'awww, I wanna play with those warm soft ears.
 
2014-01-11 10:44:28 PM
Well that made me a crying mess.

/lost it when the dog nosed the light switch on
 
2014-01-11 10:46:14 PM
Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .
 
2014-01-11 10:57:12 PM
Meh.  Just dose the PTSD sufferers with ecstasy.

/ or shrooms.
 
2014-01-11 11:02:07 PM
The video turned me into a blubbering faucet.

Maybe I should turn Cheney into a dog.
 
2014-01-11 11:05:57 PM
Met a guy who trains some of these dogs and places them with veterans. One of the firmest handshakes I've ever offered. They really do help the veterans they are placed with. If you're looking for a tax write-off, or just feeling generous, it's truly a noble place to give money. I won't mention anyone specific, you can find them by calling your local VFW or just looking online.
 
2014-01-11 11:09:44 PM

Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .


See my Boobies (above).

My dog is not trained for it, but helps me and my husband with our non-military PTSD.  It's so easy to find a dog to love.

http://www.servicedogexpress.com/   Seems they help non-miltary as well, might be worth a look.
 
2014-01-11 11:11:20 PM

vicioushobbit: Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .

See my Boobies (above).

My dog is not trained for it, but helps me and my husband with our non-military PTSD.  It's so easy to find a dog to love.

http://www.servicedogexpress.com/   Seems they help non-miltary as well, might be worth a look.


The fark? I meant "see my post (above)"

Don't know how that happened.  My boobies are not posted here.  Sorry for the excitement.
 
2014-01-11 11:12:14 PM

NewportBarGuy: Met a guy who trains some of these dogs and places them with veterans. One of the firmest handshakes I've ever offered. They really do help the veterans they are placed with. If you're looking for a tax write-off, or just feeling generous, it's truly a noble place to give money. I won't mention anyone specific, you can find them by calling your local VFW or just looking online.


And speaking as a Vet (Not suffering from PTSD), thank you for any help you or anyone you know gives to organizations like this. There are people who need help out there.
 
2014-01-11 11:14:21 PM

Wyalt Derp: fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.

This is just a sad example of the pussification of our once-great military under Zero's (p)residency. There wasn't no so-called "PTSD" under Ronald Reagan.


I'm gonna assume you're being sarcastic, but just in case.

PTSD has been known about since around WW2. It's just back then, it was called things like "shell shock" or "battle fatigue."
 
2014-01-11 11:15:14 PM

vicioushobbit: vicioushobbit: Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .

See my Boobies (above).

My dog is not trained for it, but helps me and my husband with our non-military PTSD.  It's so easy to find a dog to love.

http://www.servicedogexpress.com/   Seems they help non-miltary as well, might be worth a look.

The fark? I meant "see my post (above)"

Don't know how that happened.  My boobies are not posted here.  Sorry for the excitement.


Fark filter. The words "first" and "post" combined together are filtered into "Boobies"
 
2014-01-11 11:29:00 PM

grumpfuff: vicioushobbit: vicioushobbit: Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .

See my Boobies (above).

My dog is not trained for it, but helps me and my husband with our non-military PTSD.  It's so easy to find a dog to love.

http://www.servicedogexpress.com/   Seems they help non-miltary as well, might be worth a look.

The fark? I meant "see my post (above)"

Don't know how that happened.  My boobies are not posted here.  Sorry for the excitement.

Fark filter. The words "first" and "post" combined together are filtered into "Boobies"


Good to know.  Thank you.
 
2014-01-11 11:30:48 PM

grumpfuff: Wyalt Derp: fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.

This is just a sad example of the pussification of our once-great military under Zero's (p)residency. There wasn't no so-called "PTSD" under Ronald Reagan.

I'm gonna assume you're being sarcastic, but just in case.

PTSD has been known about since around WW2. It's just back then, it was called things like "shell shock" or "battle fatigue."


Not to nitpick, but she'll shocked was the WWI term.  Here's a classic Carlin bit to clear things up.

In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves.

That was seventy years ago. Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue.

Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, we're up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.

Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder.

I'll bet you if we'd of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I'll betcha. I'll betcha.
 
2014-01-11 11:35:58 PM

fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.


Jim_Callahan: Humans: turning every mild side-effect accidentally discovered in an old tool into an entirely new tool.

Because SCIENCE, motherfarkers.


Trolololol.
 
2014-01-11 11:43:18 PM

vicioushobbit: Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .

See my Boobies (above).

My dog is not trained for it, but helps me and my husband with our non-military PTSD.  It's so easy to find a dog to love.

http://www.servicedogexpress.com/   Seems they help non-miltary as well, might be worth a look.


Bookmarked thanks.

It's probably not an option for me right now, but definitely something I want to look into for the future.
 
2014-01-11 11:44:31 PM

Peki: Anyone got info on dogs for non-military folks with PTSD?

Because seriously a dog that could get me out of my shiat at night would be awesome-sauce.

/damn. I didn't click at first. . .  Farking video triggered me all to hell. . .


Ther are are organizations out there that help non-veterans, it just depends on area.  If you see a therapist, they might be able to help.  Good luck!  PTSD is hard to deal with.  I know of some Midwest organizations, but not anywhere else in the US.  A lot of therapists (especially CBT ones) are really recommending dogs, though, so you have a chance. ^_^
 
2014-01-11 11:46:44 PM

contrapunctus: War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.


I noticed a bad side effect from my long-term PTSD. it's much better now, but this seems permanent: If you threaten me, or I think that you're threatening me, I will try to fark you up. Luckily I don't find myself in those situations, and I don't drink, but there's still been a few close calls.

I'm a farking middle-aged woman, I don't want to attack anyone. I just hope nothing bad ever happens, because I just lose my mind if I feel like someone is messing with me.

/Always liked animals better than people anyway.
 
2014-01-11 11:50:50 PM
Mister Buttons: grumpfuff: Wyalt Derp: fusillade762: This is going on the Politics Tab? Someone will find a way to derp this thread.

This is just a sad example of the pussification of our once-great military under Zero's (p)residency. There wasn't no so-called "PTSD" under Ronald Reagan.

I'm gonna assume you're being sarcastic, but just in case.

PTSD has been known about since around WW2. It's just back then, it was called things like "shell shock" or "battle fatigue."


Not to nitpick, but she'll shocked was the WWI term.  Here's a classic Carlin bit to clear things up.

In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves.

That was seventy years ago. Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue.

Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, we're up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.

Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder.

I'll bet you if we'd of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I'll betcha. I'll betcha.


I was gonna google that up and post it here. Thanks for saving me the effort.

Classic Carlin bit is classic and very apropos.
 
2014-01-12 12:18:01 AM

cryinoutloud: contrapunctus: War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.

I noticed a bad side effect from my long-term PTSD. it's much better now, but this seems permanent: If you threaten me, or I think that you're threatening me, I will try to fark you up. Luckily I don't find myself in those situations, and I don't drink, but there's still been a few close calls.

I'm a farking middle-aged woman, I don't want to attack anyone. I just hope nothing bad ever happens, because I just lose my mind if I feel like someone is messing with me.

/Always liked animals better than people anyway.



Yeah, it's the exact same thing with him.  Most people, when angry, put on a display of aggression that they subconsciously hope will defuse the situation.  Generally speaking, most folks don't like to fight, and try to avoid it the best they can.

When this guy gets angry, it's like his mind switches gears into some hyper-bloodthirsty wiring that makes him disregard his own safety or humanity.  Like I posted above, the last fight he got into with some random dude he met only ended once several people pulled him off the guy.  He absolutely would have killed this person.  Once the police arrived, it took several of them to subdue him, and from what I've heard, he was uncontrollable once cuffed and placed in the squad car.  Banging his head against the window and still screaming 30 minutes after the incident.

Even scarier, when asked about it, he barely remembers what happened despite only having 2 beers that night.

Seeing his shift in personality as a result of his PTSD has absolutely convinced me that neural pathways are essentially reconfigured once a person experiences enough trauma.  His brain is completely rewired now after he experienced the horrors of war.
 
2014-01-12 12:54:57 AM

contrapunctus: cryinoutloud: contrapunctus: War induced PTSD is truly horrifying.  One of my friends was deployed to the frontline in Iraq and basically saw his entire platoon get either killed or gravely injured.  He went from being a timid, somewhat dorky kid to an alcoholic with a murderous rage that could clear the room.

I noticed a bad side effect from my long-term PTSD. it's much better now, but this seems permanent: If you threaten me, or I think that you're threatening me, I will try to fark you up. Luckily I don't find myself in those situations, and I don't drink, but there's still been a few close calls.

I'm a farking middle-aged woman, I don't want to attack anyone. I just hope nothing bad ever happens, because I just lose my mind if I feel like someone is messing with me.

/Always liked animals better than people anyway.


Yeah, it's the exact same thing with him.  Most people, when angry, put on a display of aggression that they subconsciously hope will defuse the situation.  Generally speaking, most folks don't like to fight, and try to avoid it the best they can.

When this guy gets angry, it's like his mind switches gears into some hyper-bloodthirsty wiring that makes him disregard his own safety or humanity.  Like I posted above, the last fight he got into with some random dude he met only ended once several people pulled him off the guy.  He absolutely would have killed this person.  Once the police arrived, it took several of them to subdue him, and from what I've heard, he was uncontrollable once cuffed and placed in the squad car.  Banging his head against the window and still screaming 30 minutes after the incident.

Even scarier, when asked about it, he barely remembers what happened despite only having 2 beers that night.

Seeing his shift in personality as a result of his PTSD has absolutely convinced me that neural pathways are essentially reconfigured once a person experiences enough trauma.  His brain is completely rewired now after he experienced th ...


That is certainly completely possible. It's also possible that he experienced head trauma that has physically as well as chemically messed up his pathways. Apparently any trauma to the head can cause problems. So, being in a blast radius. Note: I am not a doctor so there may be inaccurate statements. I just seem to remember reading about IED physical trauma from the blast alone and the recent reports of football player injuries.

Also, the brain is pretty plastic. Your friend can be helped. There are treatment options of all kinds; cognitive behavior, meditation, lsd (apparently really) that work to re-wire the brain. Best of luck and I hope in a year your friend is on a much, much better path!
 
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