Soldier With PTSD Blogs About His Experience

More than 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities may be able to help individuals with PTSD and assist with relapse prevention. However, many people find their own ways of therapeutically coping with the condition as well.

Patrick Nelson is one example of an individual who has found a unique way of dealing with PTSD. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nelson returned home and began battling the condition. The veteran has turned to writing as a way to cope with PTSD and help other soldiers handle their symptoms. Nelson runs Real Combat Life, a website where he blogs about his struggle with PTSD.

“I’ve found journaling to be very therapeutic for me as I’ve struggled to come to terms with what I saw, felt and experienced during my tours of duty,” Nelson said. “For me, having a voice is the difference between coping and not coping, especially during the holidays, and I know others must feel the same.”

Approximately $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for PTSD in 2005, according to Medicine Net, a medical resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can help with relapse prevention and provide patients with ways to manage the condition over time.