Carlos Huerta, an American soldier and Iraq War veteran, couldn’t shake the images of children dying and the faces of orphans he was charged with giving the most unthinkable news.
Flashbacks and nightmares such as these, along with stress and anxiety, frequently plague people who have been exposed to violence, natural disasters, or other traumatic events. The resulting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can linger for years or a lifetime without psychotherapy and complementary treatments. Veterans of war like Huerta are prone to experience PTSD, and 67% of individuals who have been exposed to the mass violence characteristic of the battlefield suffer from this disorder.
There is often a stigma attached to having PTSD, as Huerta expressed in an article he wrote for the U.S. Army website, “A heart attack was honorable. PTSD was not.” Keeping PTSD off limits as a taboo topic in the