The idea for this podcast episode comes from listener Phoebe Gavin of New York City. In addition to being an OIF veteran, Phoebe is a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest non-profit, non-partisan association for new veterans. Thank you, Phoebe, and all your fellow veterans, for your service.
Let’s begin with two adapted-from-real-life stories to paint a more accurate picture of PTSD. Consider proceeding with caution if you’re a super-empathizer or a survivor yourself. A pleasant spoiler: both people I describe are doing fine now.