Trauma in military and law-enforcement
Trauma is referred to in many ways: some people talk about the diagnosis of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), others talk about trauma more generally, we used to call it "shell shock," and some just say it is the result of experiencing war. The reality is that - no matter what we call it - if the effects of horrific experiences don't go away, it can interfere with every day life.
If you are having nightmares, having flashbacks, feeling panicked, avoiding things that remind you of your experiences, or feeling hyper-alert, it is worth talking with someone about these things. Treatment works for the vast majority of people. If you want to call or meet, we can set up a completely confidential appointment. For some in the military or in law-enforcement it is easier to talk with someone not connected to your career and without using insurance. If this is the case for you, I'm happy to tell you more over the phone or over email.
There are a lot of great resources on trauma online. The VA's trauma website is just one.