As we grow older, we know that what we see in the movies is never real. The movies that we loved growing up included accidents and violence that no one should ever have to experience. If you are a first responder or a member of the military, you know first hand the gravity of such situations. What the movies never tell you is how the main character deals with the trauma. Up to 20 percent of people involved in a traumatic incidence will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Let’s use the example of being in the military, at war, in let’s say Afghanistan. In your military training, you have been trained to kill targets but it’s one thing to shoot at a wooden target. It’s a whole other thing for you to shoot another human being, but you do it because it’s your job and if you don’t, it could mean the end of your life.

Most people that harm or kill another human being have a hard time dealing with the aftermath. This is where PTSD comes in. The stress of your actions can cause not only nightmares but insomnia as well. You may also start having flashbacks to the incident when you least expect it. If this is happening to you or someone you know, you should seek PTSD support so that you can start living as normal of a life as possible. The best thing that you can do is to talk to someone whether it is a friend, family member or trusted colleague. Keeping it bottled in will only make things worse.