How many times do people have to suffer to have others understand there is a problem with the way that the world works? How many soldiers must give more than others to have others see their suffering hasn’t ended? When is it going to be enough for people to see there is a problem in the way that those who have given as much as our veterans do?
With the recent conflicts that have happened and the different wars that we have been as of the last 20 years, veterans who suffer with PTSD has gotten much higher. When people suffer with PTSD and aren’t understood, they will often do things like self-medicate to deal with what they are going through.
Self-medication can be the use of alcohol, use of illegal drugs, taking extra of prescription medications or their behavior will change. People who used to be out going will become quiet. Those who wouldn’t hurt another person suddenly become someone that you wouldn’t want to be around when they have been drinking. Some warning signs that things are going downhill real fast.
How can you stop a person who is on a bad run? Be there for them, truly listen to them, be willing to make the call even if they don’t want you to. Understanding is a big part of helping a person who is having trouble with finding a reason to go on. They may not understand why they feel the way that do and getting through it is hard but true friends can help.
Life is too special to give up on … If you or someone that you know showing signs of trouble please, please – don’t give up on life. Understanding and caring can go a long way. Caring enough to make sure that a person stays safe is the key to being a good friend.