What Are Some Symptoms of Post-Vietnam Syndrome?


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Re-experiencing trauma, avoidance of places that are similar to the place where trauma occurred, difficulty remembering aspects of the trauma, and significant changes in behavior are symptoms of post-Vietnam syndrome, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, notes MedicineNet. People suffering from the disorder may also become emotionally numb and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has also been called battle fatigue, shell shock, gross stress reaction and, as it relates to soldiers who fought in Vietnam, post-Vietnam syndrome, states MedicineNet. People suffering from the condition may experience flashbacks when events remind them of trauma and may have nightmares. They may also avoid people and places that remind them of traumatic events, to the extent of developing related phobias. Those suffering from PTSD often hold negative feelings about themselves, blame themselves for their trauma and generally do not hold positive thoughts.

Reckless or self-destructive behavior, sleep problems, blackouts or memory loss, irritability, and anger are also signs that someone may be suffering from PTSD. People with the condition may avoid emotional attachments to others and making plans for the future. Doctors diagnose PTSD based on patients having at least one re-experiencing and one avoidance symptom and two negative change in mood and hyperarousal symptoms for at least one month, to the extent that symptoms affected their ability to function or caused significant stress.

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