PTSD – Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war

Sebastian Junger an American war reporter of 15 years of experience reporting on combat in Iraq and Afghanistan returns home to experience a panic episode that reveals he has a problem.

“Later, I found out that what I had was short-term PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder. We evolved as animals, as primates, to survive periods of danger, and if your life has been in danger, you want to react to unfamiliar noises. You want to sleep lightly, wake up easily.You want to have nightmares and flashbacks of the thing that could kill you. You want to be angry because it makes you predisposed to fight, or depressed, because it keeps you out of circulation a little bit. Keeps you safe. It’s not very pleasant, but it’s better than getting eaten.”

So began his study of PTSD as a journalist/

See his presentation in this Ted Talk live

Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war