Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder caused by experiencing intense trauma where life is threatened in terrifying ways. This disorder has life long consequences as I’ve talked about before. AP Wire reported on a former Senator who is a Vietnam vet who has had a recurence of PTSD because of repeated exposure to images of war in Iraq.
Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, who has battled bouts of depression since losing three limbs in Vietnam, is being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Cleland, who represented Georgia in the Senate from 1997 to 2003, said he believes the condition – cases of which are increasing rapidly among Vietnam war veterans – was in part triggered by the ongoing violence in Iraq.
“I realize my symptoms are avoidance, not wanting to connect with anything dealing with the (Iraq) war, tremendous sadness over the casualties that are taken, a real identification with that. … I’ve tried to disconnect and disassociate from the media. I don’t watch it as much. I’m not engrossed in it like I was,” Cleland said in an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta. He said he feels depressed, has developed a sense of hyper-vigilance about his security and has difficulty sleeping, the television station reported.