PTSD impacts brain function more than most people understand. When a person experiences trauma in disasters, extreme stress, violence, abuse, or combat their amygdala is triggered which sends a signal causing a fear response. This triggering system was created to keep a person safe. Those with PTSD tend to have an overactive response, so something as harmless as a car backfiring could instantly trigger panic. The amygdala is a primitive, animalistic part of the brain that’s wired to ensure survival. So when it’s overactive, it’s hard to think rationally.
Think of soldiers, for example. Consider the long periods of trauma they experience in combat that ends up rewiring their brain and fear response. Those with PTSD show symptoms of anger, irritability, headaches, frustration, and anxiety.
17 veterans commit suicide each day in America. It is evident that there is a crisis that must be handled.
Sydney Negley Mulder’s husband experienced PTSD after serving our country as a Navy Seal and ended his life in 2017. Listen to her powerful story.
Ginger Turner is the Founder and Director of Warriors for God Ministry. She has a Master’s Degree from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy, is a Board Certified Mental Health Coach, and a Christian Life Coach. Ginger, her husband, and three children reside in the Hill Country of Texas where she teaches and counsels couples, young children, and teenagers. Her focus is on enriching marriages and families, suicide awareness, and coaching the community on Whole Body Wellness. Ginger loves the Lord and lives every day for Him, serving Him in whatever capacity He sets on her path.
Thanks for sharing this, Ginger. Blessings in your ministry.