For American soldiers, there are more post-deployment suicides and homicides than combat-related deaths.

Symptoms:

For Combat Stress Reactions and Concussion Injuries:

Mental:
• Anxiety or panic attacks
• Flashbacks to traumatic events
• Nightmares
• Slowed thinking
• Unable to focus
• Jumpy / Easily startled

Emotional:
• Irritability
• Numbness / Unable to feel
• Grief
• Feeling isolated
• Rage
• Shame
• Compassion Fatigue (for the families, loved ones)

Physical:
• Chronic body aches and pains
• Insomnia
• Loss of appetite
• Impotence
• Fatigue

For Concussion Injury (TBI) ONLY :

Physical:
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Balance Problems
• Nausea / Vomiting
• Light Sensitivity
• Ringing in Ears

Mental:
• Unable to find the right words
• Loss of memory

Combat Stress is a natural and normal reactions to combat. How we respond to our symptoms determines how quickly and effectively we can recover.

Statistics:

These shocking statistics point to an epidemic, and demonstrate that combat trauma is a national crisis.

  • 1 in every 5 US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq has Combat Stress (PTSD).
  • In 2009, the number of diagnosed cases in the military rose 50%.
  • 71% of female military personnel develop Combat Stress due to sexual assault within the ranks.
  • 17% of combat troops are women.

If you suspect that you may have had a Consussion Injury, and are experiencing lingering symptoms, please consult a physician.

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes services and/or products are not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and/or treatment. Participation in all HH4H programs is voluntary and does not replace, supersede or conflict with guidance and/or treatment from a medical professional.  The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK, provides immediate life-saving help to veterans and their loved ones.