Posted on Mar 28, 2021
PO3 Aaron Hassay
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SSgt Christophe Murphy
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I think it depends on the person and/or the situation. It's like asking whether you had a cold or the flu first. It can vary.

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SSG Dale London
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If you are speaking historically or experientially I would say PTSD came first, as a result of the first time a human survived an attack by a predator or some other deeply frightening experience.
If you are trying to draw a comparison between depression and PTSD then you are comparing apples and oranges. Depression and PTSD come from different elements of human behavior. Depression's roots lie in sadness and PTSD's roots are in fear and anxiety. You can have one, the other or both simultaneously. They are not mutually exclusive.
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SSG Dale London
SSG Dale London
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1SG Fred "SARGE" Bucci - Nobody knows these pains like those of us who suffer them. God grant you peace and joy.
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SFC Richard Williamson
SFC Richard Williamson
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All so true. Brother Aaron is right there with us. I would think that depression was the go-to diagnosis long before PTSD was coined by medical professionals. It's a moot point to attempt to identify which came first, and for me, the trifecta "depression, anxiety, and fear" combine to create these invisible diseases. All 3 came to life after my drinking career ended in 2013.
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SGT Lorenzo Nieto
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Depression brought on by ptsd, the very thought that you do not matter, your a failure, the visions of combat that just will not go away, the experience of asking for help and being turned away, I can go on and on but you get the point I’m sure, I should know I lived it.
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SFC Richard Williamson
SFC Richard Williamson
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I have also. I'm still living with it, and coping by way of therapy.
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