Some service members or veterans won’t share the same excitement others feel when fireworks light up the sky. Large crowds, loud noises and the smell of smoke can aggravate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“There is no shame in declining to attend fireworks displays,” said Cmdr. Angela Williams, acting director of psychological health clinical care at the Deployment Health Clinical Center.
PTSD triggers and reactions aren’t always predictable. It’s important to prepare yourself and know the tools available to help you cope.