Is there is no greater honour than serving your country?
They pledge allegiance to the Queen, steadfast in their belief that they are doing what is right and that a career in the armed forces will be rewarding and life enhancing.
Alas, not all their dreams come true. Many soldiers leave the forces, with crippling mental disorders, bringing home levels of stress which affect their families and ruins lives.
After the horrors of war, many servicemen and women find themselves facing another battle: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Statistics show that nearly 13% of servicemen admit to being violent in the weeks following their return from a war zone.
One in eight service personnel has attacked someone in a rage after returning from the battlefield. Wives, partners and children are often the victims.
Its commonly acknowledged that those who experienced multiple traumatic events on the battlefield – including handling bodies, aiding the wounded and seeing comrades maimed or killed – were four times more likely to lash out violently.
Anger and stress ruin lives. The Ministry of Defence is keen to stress that it has its own systems in place to help servicemen and women, offering 15 military Departments of Community Mental Health across the UK.
But is it enough?
Ex-servicemen and women are more prone than any other profession to fall victim to drinking and drug problems. Having to deal with the aftermath of war, in which they see and experience events of a truly shocking nature, they foster feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, which often cloud their judgments and have a detrimental affect on their families and friends.
Violence, as a symptom of stress inevitably leads to relationship problems, employment problems, divorce and mental breakdown. Many people who develop these symptoms get better at some time. But about 1 out of 3 people with PTSD may continue to have some symptoms.
Even if you continue to have symptoms, treatment can help you cope. Your symptoms don’t have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.
Don’t suffer alone.
Looking deep within yourself and recognizing you have PTSD is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength.
Mike Fisher from the British Association of Anger Management is an expert in the field of beating stress and offers a collection of programmes, ranging from one-to-one coaching sessions to one day courses, designed to beat stress.
Each programme is geared to meet the needs of those that recognize the presence of stress in their lives and wish to take steps to deal with it.
There are a lot of stress courses available out there.
What makes Mike Fisher’s so special?
As with his Beating Anger course, Beating Stress combines sound educational and informational materials with some profound personal development and practical tools.
More specifically, the training focuses on individual’s self esteem. As stress is the tipping point which occurs when demands on us exceed our ability to cope with them, it is easy to imagine how fragile self esteem can result in stress.
Mike Fisher provides resources to help you Stay On Track after you’ve finished your program too!
If you are an individual wanting help with your stress levels, please find out more about the courses available at the British Association of Anger Management, at www.stressexperts.co.uk and www.beatinganger.com.
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”