PTSD – You are not Alone

This website is dedicated in memory of my Father 29/12/1927 – 14/09/2012 who will always be with me on this life changing journey

This website is a place for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to come to, find out more about the illness and seek help and friendship from others that are affected by PTSD. I have established this resource as I found that when I was on my journey to recovery I wanted somewhere I could go to get information on PTSD to help me in my journey to wellness. Most importantly, I wanted to read and hear about others’ stories of their journey through PTSD. In addition, I wanted to be able to talk to others with PTSD, as suffering alone is not the way to recovery. “PTSD—or any mental illness—does not belong to mental health professionals, but to the people who live with it and are in recovery from it.”[i] To find out about my journey go to Bill’s story.

[i] Howard Kudler, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center; When the War Never Ends: The Voices of Military Members with PTSD and Their Families by Leah Wizelman

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  1. “We do have good systems to address the problems associated with PTSD, and we are improving our systems to encourage people to come forward and not to hide their issues until it is too late”

    This was the Official NZ DEF response to allegations that New Zealand was behind the ‘8’ ball when addressing Mental Health and Combat Stress. As a Kiwi Nam Vet, 2RAR/ANZAC Bn and suffering PSTD, I concur the NZDEF is finally onto the problem.

    They bloody well should be giving the 30 year shite fight we Kiwi Vietnam Vets took to successive Governments, finally gaining a highly public Crown Admission of Negligence for shortcoming and failures in Duty of Care in the management of Veterans Health and Welfare needs and concerns.

    None the the less, I believe the real obstacle to the process of identifying, accepting and dealing with PSTD, is the ‘patient themselves’. As identified above NZDEF recoginse that troopies will ‘hide’ the fact they are having problems, (both physical and mental) because they don’t want to be seen as wimps or more importantly don’t want their Medical Fitness Grading lowered affected their deployment, promotion and/or Military career prospects.

    The other side of the coin relates to unit/team cohesion and combat readiness, an ‘unwell’ Team Member may well become a liability, a burden and a threat to the mission performance capability.

    The real challenge to the Military is the timely ‘identification of, intervention in and the immediate treatment off’, any suspe.cted mental impairment or ‘undue’ stress responses. Don’t put the ‘potential Casualty’, (for that’s what they are) in harms way or get them out of it ASAP.

    Follow up must be focused on the rehabilitation and wherever possible reintegration of the WIA back into the Military family or wholly supported in his own family or civilian environment.

    Congrats on the site – just found out about it

    • Bill on October 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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    Thanks Doc, it’s a pity more people are not willing to comment. I have sent this to EVSA and I got no response at all:( The powers to be have made some comments in the media but no action as yet – maybe I am inpatient?

    • Bill on October 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm
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    Bill, sorry to hear your story, especially that you really fell off the edge a couple of times. I’ve just read your account on your webpage, which is really confronting. Well done on having the courage to lay it all out. I hope you are still heading in the right direction. Well done mate, keep well.
    John Cantwell, Author of Exit Wounds ‘This is my story, but it is also the story of thousands of Australian veterans from Iraq, East Timor, Afghanistan and other conflicts who bare similar emotional scars. This is what becomes of those men and women we send off to war, pay little attention to, then forget once they are home.’

    • Bill on October 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm
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    Wow, you are an inspiration.
    I read your website. Firstly, thank you for sharing this with me. It is amazing. Reading your story brought tears to my eyes and I congratulate you for having the courage to speak your truth which I have no doubt will help countless people. It can be very scary sharing with others what is truly going on for us, but it takes leaders like yourself to share and it gives others permission to open up to. I would be honoured to have my book reviewed on your website.
    My best wishes to you my friend, and look forward to staying in touch, let me know how everything progresses. Bernadette is the author of ‘Pinch Me’ it is on the book review page.

    • Steven Morris on March 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    I’m a veteran of the British army and was medically discharged with ptsd just over a month ago. I’ve came to this page because I am still suffering with nightmares, anxiety, military associations and I feel that, now I’m out the army, I’m no one’s problem any more and have no support for me and my family. The British army broke me and I’ve thrown myself into support when I had it, with cognitive behaviour therapy, hypnosis and trying to come to terms with a new diagnosis which is bipolar. There was even a point in my recovery process when I tried to take my own life. There just seems to be a lack of constant support for veterans with these hidden wounds. Im after any advice that this page can provide even though I’m English.

    1. Hi mate sorry to hear about your predicament. Have you tried http://www.combatstress.org.uk/ they have an instant contact page with numbers and email address to get you the help you need? When I was at the Invictus Games in 2014 I spoke to a number of guys and they said this was a good organisation. Also there is http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ . Please let me know how you get on as we need ongoing support long after we leave the service. Take care; Bill

    • Jason on June 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm
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    Bout time this is getting addressed..I too suffer from this but in my situation it was me being exposed to family violence in the 70s. Tried everything from trying to fix it myself(career in education) to seeking help from others(putting my hand up that there’s something wrong) & all I got back was “management techniques’. I even went to a City Council for them to use me as a case study but they never replied back. Therefore, decided to try JESUS CHRIST & guess what..IT WORKS!. The worlds solution is ‘keep busy’ but doesn’t address problem. Jesus Christ says you’re perfectly & wonderfully made..FOLLOW ME. Every person needs to know Jesus Christ(not the religious god but the INTIMATE FRIEND)..mans ways offer temporary solutions with expiry dates. Human beings aint guinea-pigs..we’re made in image of god(Genesis 1:26)

  2. i can so easily identify with others of the same black-experiences. I do feel alone at times, or tend to be alone, shame really, as I was, am ? a ppl person. I respond or react with obvious, tough tenseness, but no longer feel stuck in an anxiety state. I have been a good father… but my wife is my crutch for sure, lucky me.
    It is acute, but embarrassingly unpredictable. I know, I have to look back and assess the path I have walked, and I do. Yet, I get caught out on occasions. As long as ppl know of me, I am slightly reassured. But am sick of hearing on the pc-news and this culture-of-victimhood, that I do not want to be remotely associated with. I just happened to be in the wrong places at the wrong times, in this sick and sorry world.

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