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Experiencing signs of combat stress or Traumatic Brain Injury?

Coming home after a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan is challenging for everyone, and most service members and veterans will experience some signs of stress. But for many people, symptoms of combat stress get worse. For some, signs of combat stress or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may not appear for several months after they come home. As you read through these questions, think about whether you or someone you know has had this experience in the past month.

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Experiencing signs of combat stress or Traumatic Brain Injury?

In the past month, have you or someone you know:

1. Had trouble sleeping or had repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, or dreams of a military experience?
2. Felt as if a stressful military experience were happening again (as if you were reliving it)?
3. Had physical reactions (e.g., heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating) when something reminded you of a military experience?
4. Been avoiding thinking about or talking about your experience in Iraq or Afghanistan?
5. Had trouble with routine activities like driving or being in a crowded restaurant or club because it reminded you of a military experience?
6. Lost interest in activities you used to enjoy? Been feeling distant or cut off from other people? Felt emotionally numb or unable to have loving feelings for those close to you?
7. Felt irritable or had angry outbursts at home or at work?
8. Had trouble concentrating or remembering things?
9. Been “superalert” or felt on guard? Felt jumpy or easily startled?
10. Experienced severe head aches?
11. Had a head injury or a concussion during military combat or deployment, and felt dazed, confused or been knocked unconscious?

If you, or a veteran you know have been having any of these experiences since returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, it may be a sign of combat stress, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). If you think you are living with combat stress, PTSD or TBI, discussing your concerns with a health professional is an important first step.

You can talk with your doctor or another health care professional about whether treatment is right for you, and what your best options are. Consider getting some help now, especially if your symptoms are causing you distress, affecting your relationships at home, or interfering with your ability to perform at work or attend school.

Treatment works and help is available. Home Base can offer an appointment within two weeks or sooner, and our clinicians will develop a care plan that meets your individual needs. Please call 617-724-5202 or click here to connect with Home Base.

Click here for more about how Home Base helps service members and veterans with post traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.

Are you in crisis?

If you or a family member is in crisis or facing an emergency:

  • Go to the nearest emergency room, or
  • Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Self-assessment is based on PCL-M for DSM-IV (11/1/94) Weathers, Litz, Huska, & Keane National Center for PTSD - Behavioral Science Division.