VA Care and Activity

Post your experiences dealing with the VA Disability Filing Process for GWS, issues with VA diagnoses, and so on.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:01 pm

Adam here Frank. Thnx. We had a new kid fresh out of Iraq from the corps too. He only came twice. I hated that. Talked about it in group how I wish I had this chance when I was his age. My therapist asked if I would have been receptive to it. I told him probably not. My therapist said they have only been seeing vietnam vets in the las 15 years or so. Storm vets are comin' in now and he said they would start seeing OIF vets about the time he retires. He said PTSD resurfaces after about 20 years due to stress and age. He said it does in many cases become debilitating. I think we can vouch for all that. Group made alot of sense for me. It was also good to hear the others and see how much similarity there is. The symptoms of PTSD are essentially the same for all of us. That was cool and how we got PTSD was similar. Those in my group including me all felt guilty for something that happened. Typically it was mainly from 1 or 2 incidents.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by delta197wife » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:22 am

That info about PTSD resurfacing after 20 yrs is an incredibly important tidbit. I will share that with my family. It is difficult for some to understand why now these symptoms are causing such issues.

Thanks for sharing.....
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:09 am

The biggest bummer is that during the time that the PTSD symptoms are suppressed (by me or otherwise) much damage can be done to the family. I now face my family knowing that I created a lot of problems for them that they have to deal with.

It is what it is ...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by lmsnh » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:43 am

Top, I think it is safe to say that we have all experienced damage in our lives due to PTSD. It's now time for Damage Control to kick in.

I agree, It is what it is...
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by delta197wife » Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:55 am

Please remember that you did not create this chaos.... you are left to deal with the aftermath just like all of us friends and family.

Be patient and forgiving of yourself. Remind yourself what you have done right in the last 20 years.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:32 am

The analogy (one of them) that I was told by my psych doc was: He handed me a foam baseball and said hold this in your hand tight enough to not let any ball show. Ok, he said now, "Hold it like that for 20 years. That is what you have been doing with your feelings and your symptoms. Eventually its gonna get lose. Some has snuck out and been put back over the years but after 20 years, you just can't hold it any more.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:23 am

No shit ... that's about how I feel ... tired of holding shit in ... time ... nothin' but time.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by delta197wife » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:50 pm

redfish,

I like your doc. He sounds like he has alot of compassion and experience!!
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:34 pm

Got lucky for sure. Ones I had 18 years ago acted like I was there to annoy them.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by xrammyx » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:12 pm

oh don't get me started with the ones 15 years ago, OMG they just say there like you said and acted annoyed, I was so upset that for many years I just left the VA services and handled it on my own, wrecking my life and drinking the night away...

I did find help but that was 10 years ago with a therapist that really helped me...i think i have my life a little straight, but it will never be like the way i want...just have to take it day by day as i can..
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:05 pm

Start a new therapy next month. It's called Prolonged Exposure (PE). Supposed to let you live and remember back through it and talk it out. Supposed to be the best so we'll see. I'm nervous about it.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:35 pm

I don't want to remember those things in detail.
I already remember too much as it is.
I wish you the best.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:53 am

Yeah, I got anxious just talking about it. I'm not sure how it's gonna go but there is a lot of feedback on the internet about it and it was mandated that every VA medical center do it. It scares me. I am afraid it will make things worse but I am willing to do whatever I can to get this anger out of me. My therapist believes my anger covers my true emotions about it. Any time I get close to talking about it I cry so there are a lot of feelings closed in there and that's what they want me to get out. I guess we'll see.
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:54 pm

<---- Tired of crying :cry:
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Re: VA Care and Activity

Post by redfish » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:28 pm

Me too. Just lookin for some normalcy. Just can't get right. I'll letcha know how it goes.
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