Great thread. Thrill seeking is a big red flag when it comes to PTS (d). Speeding, gambling, adultery, fighting, and even high risk jobs (police work, corrections, firefighting, etc). When I got help in California I got to meet a good deal of veterans from all over. There was a very disproportionate percentage of correction officers in the residence. If you think about it, it makes complete sense. Combat environment 100% of the time you are at work. Being a workaholic is a big indicator as well. The 20 veteran suicides a day are mostly elderly veterans in their upper 50's+ age bracket. My theory is that once the body finally gets to the point where it HAS TO slow down, those ever hiding intrusive thoughts can't be kept in the back of your mind anymore. Most of the Vietnam vets I saw getting help were there because they had retired, got injured, or some other circumstance that forced them to slow down. It was just a matter of time after that. Veterans are MASTERS of coping. It's part of our military service DNA. We WILL find ways to put a lid on things. PTS (d) is always just under the surface.
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