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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - In Their Own Words

Telling others about having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is hard. But for the following people, it's part of recovering.

Read what they say about how PTSD felt, how it affected their families, and how treatment is helping them get better.


One Man's Story:

Marvin and his family survived Hurricane Katrina on a neighbor's rooftop.

"I have visions of being up on the roof and going through it all over again. I just keep seeing the water coming up and up."—Marvin

Read more about Marvin.


One Man's Story:

Tim is an Iraq war veteran and former medic.

"When I came home, so much had changed for me on a day-to-day basis. I just couldn't communicate the same."—Tim

Read Tim's story.


One Man's Story:

Ron is a Vietnam veteran who has had PTSD symptoms for decades.

"Whenever I was under extreme stress, it would come back and slam me."—Ron

Read Ron's story.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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