Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Are You a Mission Junkie?

Are you a mission junkie?  If you are, have you ever asked yourself why?  I consider myself a mission junkie for several reasons.  I like the third world environment - as long as I know I can leave it.  I like the adrenalin rush you get from many of the situations.  Honestly, I find it hard adjusting back to the "real world" back home.

Does this sound familiar?  If it does, you are not unusual.  Many who have gone to a mission experience this. Some would say that this is basically low-level form of PTSD.  I am not being facetious.  Just think about the statements above and exaggerate them just a little bit.  You will find that those are symptoms of PTSD.  I am not saying you need any treatment if you have those same feelings.  I am saying that you should be aware that you are close to a more dangerous form of PTSD.  Whether or not you have experienced firefights, roadside bombs, rocket/mortar attacks or other extremely high stress environments - you can still suffer.

Most of us treat our symptoms by going on another mission,  Sometimes this solves our needs or lack of fitting in.  You may be able to adjust later on your own, or with help from friends and family.

If you have issues you didn't have before, like a different way you use alcohol, smoking, dealing with other people... the list goes on... If you have these issues, just be aware you may be on the verge of , or even across the threshold of having PTSD.  It doesn't mean you are weak.  It doesn't mean you can't handle it.  It just means you may want to have someone else's opinion and an objective assessment of your situation.

Whatever you do - stay safe!


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