Throughout human history the effects of exposure to combat trauma are and have been the same. These days though we give lengthy names and acronyms to these effects in an attempt to dress up and dumb down what has been the truth through the ages. Exposure to the horrors of war, (the kind they don't show on the news, and the kind they do glamorize in Hollywood) has a very long lasting and deep physical, emotional, and spiritual impact on all of those exposed to it. It is inescapable, and those impacts reverberate through generations following the exposure. Passed down from fathers and mothers through behaviors, beliefs, and self developed protection mechanisms, to their children and on to many generations to follow.
What are the real costs? The real cost is what my children's children will be paying because of their distrust of people, and situations, as well as the difficulty to feel real honest emotions, love, and even an inability to show kindness simply to a stranger. All of this due to the impact of my protective behaviors being passively transmitted to them because of what their parents learned from me, and from my behaviors.
The price of war is being paid continually in the hearts and minds of our loved ones and will continue to ripple like the waves from a stone, innocently tossed in the water, rippling out until it is far beyond the first impact. We have to find a way to break the cycle, a way to find peace, and a way to mend the broken hearts. Where are the #Elders of today, the #Mentors , those who overcame and who are willing to teach, to encourage, and willing to show how they escaped and broke this cycle in their own lives, and for their families? There has to be a better way.
#BreakTheCycle #DontPassItDown #PTSD
@balancedveterans @balancedveterans_oklahoma - 16 minutes ago