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Villayat Wolf Sunkmanitu
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Let's hope the collectives can make a difference here.  Every politician involved in the decision making process of this issue that is advocating violence (on both sides) is doing wrong.  Any country supplying weapons and munitions to either of these states is also in the wrong and just as guilty of murder.

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Comment from Facebook - TRACY C ...... Wolf's work with raising awareness of PTSD is important to me on a personal level and like most it took a long time to get the correct diagnosis although not military related it is just as damaging when set in motion by other experiences in life.

The lack of help for veterans as it stands is shocking, I think part of this is due to primary carers not knowing the signs well enough i would hate to think of the numbers who do actually seek help that simply get sent away with anti- depressants.

From my work with homeless veterans i know all too well that many 'self medicate' (alcohol drugs etc) relationships come crashing down and they find themselves on the street many say they felt embarrassed to have fallen so far.

I think maybe embarrassment plays a role in veterans not seeking help at whatever stage; the forces spend their intensive training building people to a strong fearless personality. 

Yet there is absolutely no aftercare for those mentally injured by their experiences and to go from being able to strip and re-assemble a gun in seconds to someone who finds going to the local shops for a loaf of bread a major challenge and all the other myriad of issues they suffer.

 I know a lot of that is frustration that then gets turned inward.  For them to get the help they need they first need to come forward , maybe with the support of someone who already knows about PTSD, for them to take that step in coming forward.

More awareness of the issue is key. To reach as many veterens as possible with the message that it is not their fault, they have a very real condition and hey we have suffered too.

Wolfs work in this area is making great strides in raising awareness of this issue and I fully endorse his work and he has both my utmost respect and commitment.

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Comment from Facebook - Federico T

I wonder why NHS does not trust diagnosis coming from other county NHS.  Is there a general pattern in which they re-diagnose everybody, or just everybody with mental problems, or they zero on some particular diagnoses as a principle, or they do have a problem with PTSD.

It is quite surprising anyway that people with PTSD do not realize they have. What was it in your case? Did you just feel anxiety, or depression, and thought it was a phase and not a chronic condition?

It is interesting how police (another "force") seems to be more understanding of what being a veteran is.

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Comment from Facebook - Stephen S

Good to hear the content of your blog is finally happening, I'm an NHS mental health nurse and am aware of the lack of services and help available.  My NHS trust has recently made a post to aid veterans who suffer mental health problems as well as PTSD but this is still in its infancy.  More needs to be done and luckily up in Chesterfield we are starting to hold days for veterans at the local football ground and hopefully this will expand with word of mouth. I'm unsure on Notts trusts but hopefully the past times of misdiagnosis or lack of services is improving.

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Comment from Facebook - John W

Hi Wolf, Somebody like me cannot even begin to understand what people like you have to endure and you are the only person, as far as I know, who has PTSD. It is humbling to see what you are trying to do to improve things with regard to what is being, or could be, done. All I can therefore do is to wish you all the very best and hope the much needed improvements in care come into being. The eyes of the wolf say everything.

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Comment from Facebook - Hazel RT:

Just because you have moved to another county does not mean your health problem has changed.

It would also save money or NHS too if a handover of records were to be done by email instead of an other re-diagnosis been made .  But what people don't realise is it causes more stress to the patient and less trust to the service provided.

GPs should be more experienced in mental health or have other agencies for people with problem that the normal GP cannot
diagnose as nothing worse than walking out of there been told it an take from 6 to 8 weeks for an appointment witch from experience is the most lonely and crushing thing for anyone to go through.

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Comment from Facebook - Elizabeth P:

Interesting piece. A real eye-opener and quite shocking.

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A comment from Facebook - Jason Walker:

Jason Walker:  I'm a veteran myself and suffer with forces related PTSD, I felt some things about this condition needs explaining-having struggled for years I finally had a diagnosis through Combat stress,however this took over 10 years,was only awarded a war pension 3 years ago,after fighting an ongoing battle for over 16-17 years for recognition of my conditions of ill-health due to events that occurred during my service career,was subjected to an appalling attitude on one particular medical whilst fighting for my pension-needless to say I was made to feel like shit and my welfare didn't matter!! I despise them for putting me through that form of distress!!! PTSD is an extremely debilitating thing to live with,not only for the individual but their families often bear the brunt!  After leaving the forces we are often literally left to the winds with very few channels of help in re-adjusting to civilian life,many of us find ourselves isolated, abandoned and very miss-understood! Though many steps have been taken in regards to veterans welfare there is still a long way to go, why when we have a sure diagnosis from people who know PTSD inside out are we subjected to medicals through ATOS, this is an extremely disturbing thing to have to go through-it took me 2 weeks to settle after a recent medical,I didn't sleep,had nightmares and paranoia beyond comprehension,I was in tears in that room yet the system still allows this to happen!  We're also subjected to a heightened level of stress just to get a war pension from the ministry of defence - they take us to court when they are responsible for our well-being,not only during service but after we leave-what happened to the veterans charter??,they forgot about that one! Most veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD struggle through flashbacks,nightmares,severe anxiety,heightened awareness, fear, depression but to name a few symptoms and yet are made out to be ''making it all up'', or often receive a misdiagnosis from doctors which makes the fight for compensation or any sort of closure or noble award due more difficult,when we're struggling just to make sense of our surroundings and a system that is often confusing to us. We need more of a sympathetic approach from our Government and medical professionals and I only hope that my comments aid in bringing a more satisfactory attitude not only for current veterans but for future generations of service personnel currently in conflicts around the world-We deserve better-Thank you,kindest regards a N-Ireland veteran!.
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