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How do I handle the things I saw while deployed? I think it’s the reason for my jumpiness and bad dreams.

Soldiers who experience stressful combat events can develop symptoms like:

  • Reliving the event in dreams
  • Feeling numb
  • Being easily angered or startled

If these or other symptoms disrupt your work, home, or sleep routines, talk with a professional counselor or therapist. The symptoms may indicate combat stress (also called operational stress), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another health concern. Whatever it is, help is available.

If you think you may be experiencing combat stress, visit Real Warriors to read more about the signs of combat stress and free, confidential resources that can help.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center at 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to confidentially talk to a combat Veteran. They have been there too and can help refer you to treatment resources in your state.

You can also try downloading the free PTSD Coach app.